Glenn Greenwald: Dean Baquet is too 'subservient' for journalism

Former executive editor of the New York Times Jill Abramson was abruptly fired this week. The lack of explanation for her dismissal has caused the newspaper to receive biting criticism.
By Aileen Graef  |  May 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- Glenn Greenwald slammed the New York Times for the decision to make Dean Baquet executive editor, saying he will lead the newspaper into "neutered" journalism.

He may have had harsh words for Baquet but had nothing but compliments for his predecessor Jill Abramson, who was unexpectedly fired from her position earlier this week. In an interview with HuffPost Live, Greenwald said in the last ten years Abramson has been the "best advocate for an adversarial relationship between the government and the media."

Greenwald, most famously known as the journalist to first publish the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is a strong proponent for freedom of the press and transparency in government.

Baquet was accused in 2006 of purposefully killing a story about AT&T and the NSA collaborating for a domestic surveillance program while he was working for the LA Times.

"By contrast, her successor Dean Baquet does have a really disturbing history of practicing this form of journalism that is incredibly subservient to the American national security state, and if his past record and his past actions and statements are anything to go by, I think it signals that the New York Times is going to continue to descend downward into this sort of journalism that is very neutered and far too close to the very political factions that it's supposed to exercise oversight over."

The New York Times, along with the Washington Post and the Guardian, have all published Snowden documents. In January of this year, the New York Times editorial board wrote a piece asking that the Obama administration give Snowden some form of clemency for doing "his country a great service."

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