Glenn Greenwald Demands Equal Time
Glenn Greenwald wrote General David Petraeus’ press spokesman seeking to get an interview to balance out the one he recently gave to the “highly partisan, pro-war Republican talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt” and received a less than enthusiastic response. Presumably, that’s what he expected.
It’s hardly surprising, really, that a man attempting to rally support for an unpopular war effort would seek out large, sympathetic audiences and eschew interviews with hostile parties. The first line of defense is naturally going to be shoring up the base rather than probably futile efforts to reach out to critics.
It’s not as if Petraeus has given interviews exclusively to conservative media outlets. But talking to NPR and PBS is vastly different than dealing with Salon and the netroots.