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A Pulitzer For Hypocrisy

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If Snowden deserves jail time for exposing the Prism spy program, which is what the Washington Post is saying, then so do the editors of the Washington Post who first published the Snowden Prism story, and won a Pulitzer prize for it. They need to be sentenced, too, and the WP needs to return the Pulitzer Prize, and then we can say they’ve got a point and the moral high ground.

If not — if they keep the prize and stick by having published Snowden’s story and still argue for his prosecution — they’re 100% hypocrites.

Hypocrisy seems to go a long way these day, shameless and entitled and suicidal as ever.

It kind of reminds me of the days of Jesus Christ, when the scribes, the Pharisees and the establishment in general were trying to get away with murder on a number of issues, successfully, too, I might add, until they crucified the wrong guy, and then all the errors of their ways, everything they’d been piling up, came crashing down on them.

Not that Snowden is Jesus Christ. He might be, who knows. That’s not the point. The point is the recycled error, the mistake made over and over again. Go for broke and pretend no one’s looking because you feel too powerful to be held accountable, and you set yourself up for a long unwinding.

Millennia into human civilization, from primitive agriculture and accidentally fermented fruit juice to smartphone technology and self-driving cars and global communications, the principle remains: don’t be a blatant hypocrite or you lose all credibility. Simple as that.

Yet the point eludes today’s powers that be, who, even though they have the benefit of having seen how history panned out, choose to repeat its errors, beat for idiot beat.

From your incurably rational and unimpressed Spin Doctor,

Eyes open, mind sharp.