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Twitter Users Stand with Glenn Greenwald: Ten Funniest Tweets from #GGscandals

As NSA-reporting blogger Glenn Greenwald comes under fire from some media outlets, social media users show solidarity through absurd humor.
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As some news outlets began to expose details of journalist Glenn Greenwald's personal life this week, social media users fought back with a clever and hilarious campaign designed to smear the smearmeisters. The campaign revolves around the Twitter hashtag #GGscandals, which had appeared in more than 1,500 Tweets by this morning. The tweets accuse Greenwald of a seemingly endless litany of absurd misdeeds, from drinking milk straight from the bottle to “letting the dogs out.”

Is the story about the personal lives of Greenwald and Snowden? Or is it about the privacy of the American people and the actions of the NSA?

Because many of these minor infractions are things most of us have done at some point, the hashtag's ultimate message seems to be "Glenn Greenwald is one of us."

The campaign is a wry riposte to media efforts to attack the reputations of those involved in the leaking of National Security Agency documents. Soon after the NSA story broke earlier this month, the press stepped in to smear leaker Edward Snowden. Joe Scarborough of Fox News called him a “weasel,” Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker called him "a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison," while Politico reported that he "wasn't a friendly neighbor."

More recently, the spotlight has been turned on Greenwald, the lawyer and columnist at The Guardian who broke the story. Yesterday morning, the New York Daily News posted an article detailing how, a decade earlier, Greenwald had been part owner of a company that had a pornographer as a client. In a blog posted the same day, Greenwald attempted to preempt such stories and described receiving emails and phone calls from reporters investigating about other aspects of his past.

“Just today," Greenwald wrote, "a New York Times reporter emailed me to ask about the IRS back payments. And the reporter from the Daily News sent another email asking about a student loan judgment which was in default over a decade ago and is now covered by a payment plan agreement.”

Is the story about the personal lives of Greenwald and Snowden? Or is it about the privacy of the American people and the actions of the NSA?

Read on for some of our favorite Tweets using the #GGscandals hashtag:


James Trimarco wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. James is web editor at YES! and you can follow him @JamesTrimarco.

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