Bring him home. That’s what The New York Times' and The Guardian’s editorial pages say about NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. In other words, he’s a hero, not a villain, for breaking the law and disclosing top secret documents.
The Times’ editorial board is arguably the most influential in the nation, and its typically pro-Obama views usually shine brightly on the White House. That’s why, when the Times takes an anti-Obama position, Twitter goes crazy.
Should Obama forgive him? These pundits say youbetcha.
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) January 2, 2014
Former high-ranking Obama official, now Atlantic writer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, surprised many with her endorsement.
— Anne-Marie Slaughter (@SlaughterAM) January 2, 2014
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story for The Guardian, and published Snowden’s leaked documents, finds the pronouncement “remarkable,” and predicts Slaughter’s endorsement will be confusing for talking heads.
With the NYT, the ACLU, Human Rights Watch & @SlaughterAM all calling for Snowden clemency, it will be a disorienting day at MSNBC.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 2, 2014
The tweet from a Washington correspondent for the Huffington Post drips in irony:
Surprise! Political "strategists" and other accolytes of power, regardless of party, think Snowden needs to be brought home in irons.
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) January 2, 2014
Top strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, Stuart Stevens, finds fault with more than just the Snowden editorial.
NYT ed board: -endorsed Iraq war vote. -backed up "you can keep your policy" as accurate -Clemency for Snowden. Grade as you like.
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) January 2, 2014
While Blake Hounshell, deputy editor of Politico Magazine, finds fault with one word:
I think the most galling word in that NYT editorial is that Snowden *deserves* clemency. Deserves!
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 2, 2014
And it seems no matter what the controversy, all roads lead to Hillary. Radio host, Tammy Bruce:
Why would NYT suddenly argue Snowden clemency to Obama? They're worried about whatever he has impacts Hillary. http://t.co/rWWszZMylh
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 2, 2014
As if the Times and Guardian pieces aren’t enough ‘Snowden lobbying’ for the president, the leaker’s mug – along with a big “Thank you Edward Snowden” -- is coming to a bus near him.
More Snowden Bus Ads Coming To D.C.: Five, to be exact. [ more › ] http://t.co/HuieQBEI8n
— Breaking DC News (@BreakingDC_News) January 2, 2014
I thought you had to be a celebrity to get your face on the side of a bus. Oh wait…
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