(How fortunate we are Stephen Colbert is around to accompany us down the rabbit hole. It’s nice not to be alone amidst the sick, sad absurdity of it all.)
UPDATE* [8:50 a.m., EDT]: To add a little more clarity, pay attention to what Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, says to Glenn Greenwald (as excerpted by Colbert).
Greenwald: Isn’t the best thing to do to … say to a prosecutor … ‘Were crimes committed … have this be treated like every other accusation of crime.’
Todd: Glenn, in a perfect world, yes … if you could guarantee me that we could keep this debate off of television.
The reason why American media are not performing their duties as hardhitting journalists and rather going along with the government’s (Bush’s AND Obama’s) line re: torture investigations? They are (1) afraid of losing access to the White House and (2) muzzled by their corporate owners.
I can’t fully blame Todd. He has a nice job he would like to keep, and at least he said as much as he did. So Greenwald is left as the singlemost (and as far as I know: ONLY) media voice who is relentless in his coverage of the shame of authorized torture, the authorized excuse of it, and the hypocrisy of the fourth estate in poo-pooing investigations as just so much food-fighting witch hunts. Click here for the related Greenwald post. (And yes, I got my news from Colbert before I got it from Greenwald on this one. What can I say?)