The Village Times



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Left to right: Jeffrey Toobin, Mika Brzezinski, Edward Snowden, David Brooks, Bob Cesca


Issued: June 10, 2013

Village Citation

Statement: A collective “Thank You” to our members this month for closing ranks around the National Security Agency data collection programs. While some fringe elements of the media foolishly branded sniveling leaker and former NSA employee Edward Snowden as a hero, the Village spoke in one voice against him. A few of the highlights:


Thomas Friedman, New York Times: “I don't believe that Edward some heroic whistleblower.”

Richard Cohen, Washington Post: “I think (Snowden)’ll go down (in history) as a cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood.”

Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe: “(Snowden) is not a whistleblower.”

Jeffrey Toobin, the New Yorker: “(Snowden) is...a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.”

Matt Miller, Washington Post: “Has any leaker ever been armed with more perfectly crafted sound bites...?”

Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe: “He looks like a weasel!”


Liberal Bob Cesca and conservative David Brooks exemplified the unanimity in our ranks with similarly dismissive takes on the story. In a series of Daily Banter columns, Cesca mocked the “freakout,”“rending of garments” and “general apoplexy” that accompanied the revelations in some quarters. “The more I hear, the more I’m leaning towards the 'hacker Ron Paul acolyte' conclusion about this guy,” Bob wrote. Mr. Brooks went further, tying Snowden to the rising tide of cynicism that afflicts society today. “He betrayed the Constitution,” David concluded.


Liberal, moderate and conservative members of the Village agree: Edward Snowden is no hero. We look forward to seeing him frog-marched before a judge sometime soon.


With respect to NSA snooping, all we have to say is, if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.