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Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:35 PM

59. Greenwald is allowed to decide on what he gets to write.

 

He doesn't write about Russian or Brazillian politics, because that's not what he is interested in. He is first and foremost interested in what his own country, the United States, is doing, and so he focuses his efforts on those topics involving the United States.

Ricks tweeted this:

The clock strikes 13: The longer @ggreenwald and Snowden remain silent on events in Ukraine, the more I suspect their previous motives.

tom ricks (@tomricks1) March 17, 2014


The events in the Ukraine have little or nothing to do with the NSA's abuse of power. Ricks' tweet implies that because Greenwald/Snowden haven't commented on the Ukraine situation, they must be lying about the NSA. That is a decidedly non sequitur argument.

Ricks has no evidence to back up his claims that Greenwald and Snowden are "working for the Russians," so he uses this classic bit of whataboutery to cast aspersions on their character, knowing that the weak-minded will eat it up.

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