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Wed Jun 19, 2013, 10:30 AM

37. Advocacy Journalism and Muckrakers...


From the LA TIMES article in the OP

"What I think I am writing about is all connected to one bigger story," Greenwald said. "That story is about exposing the overall unaccountability of this massive spying apparatus and the way it is done in total secrecy."

In his zest for advocacy journalism, Greenwald looks more like the activist reporters of the early 20th century, said Josh Meyer, a security correspondent for the website Quartz. The biggest revelation of the 2012 presidential campaign the video showing candidate Mitt Romney belittling the 47% of Americans he called dependent was made public by another advocacy publication, Mother Jones magazine, he noted.

"The muckrakers all were very opinionated and had attitude, and I think with the way journalism is changing, we're headed more and more in that direction," said Meyer, who is also director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative.


Said Greenwald: "Being up front about your opinions makes one, in some sense, more credible than someone who pretends they don't have opinions."

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