Politico Magazine’s Michael Hirsh has written a hit piece on Glenn Greenwald. It is terrible, in precisely seven ways.

Problem No. 1: Wimpy, pusillanimous, cowardly headline-and-subhead combo.

Here’s how the piece presents itself to readers:

Has Greenwald, Inc. Peaked?
Thanks to Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald went from blogging to the big time. But his stock may be dropping fast.

Use of the no-account interrogative headline signals that Hirsh doesn’t want to stand behind his convictions but just wants to trial-balloon them for clicks. And the contention that Greenwald’s stock may be dropping fast leaves open the possibility that it may be rising fast as well. [Read more]


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