The interviewer you’ll see in this video isÂ Kirsty Wark and this took place on Newsnight on the BBC; it has been regarded as “the BBCâs flagship nightly current affairs programme.” This video is fa…
In fairness, I like the general style of Newsnight and Kirsty Wark is doing exactly the right thing. The questions she poses are precisely the defence/criticisms of journalism that government institutions give to justify their spy programs, and are exactly the questions that are parroted down the line.
Now, when interviewing someone such as Glenn Greenwald, someone who is more informed than most on the necessity of such journalism and the aim/content of spy programs, that is a perfect opportunity to elicit informed response to those defences/criticisms. Kirsty Wark appears to be a stooge in the interview, but she is providing the vehicle for which such responses must be given, and by inviting the rebuttals to what the govt are saying, weakens the govts stance: which is the position Greenwald must want.
As the interview makes clear, it is the information that he and the Guardian possess that should be taken seriously. Additionally, by not covering the details of that information, Newsnight/Wark are tacitly stating that Greenwald/Guardian are the journalist/organisation who are best placed to disseminate that information in a responsible and informed way.