Gen. Petraeus Talks to a Liberal
Glenn Greenwald Gets His Wish
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Liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald made a mountain out of a molehill last month when he accused the U.S. military of granting an "exclusive" interview with Army Gen. David Petraeus to conservative talker Hugh Hewitt. Greenwald dislikes Hewitt with a passion, so the fact that Petraeus, commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, would talk to him nearly put Greenwald over the edge.
In light of the decision last week by Gen. David Petraeus to choose Hugh Hewitt, of all people, to interview him, and in light of the post I wrote concerning Gen. Petraeus' three-year history of dubious and seemingly partisan claims about the Iraq War, I submitted an interview request to Centcom, in Iraq, with the hope of asking the General about these matters.
Greenwald wrote to Petraeus' public affairs officer, requesting to have the general on the Alan Colmes Show, where Greenwald is a contributor. The complete back-and-forth between the two is available on Greenwald's blog. If you'd rather not be bored by the details, Petraeus' guy basically told Greenwald he'd put him on the list and get back to him.
That didn't sit too well with Greenwald, who wrote a lengthy post accusing the military of playing politics by reaching out to Hewitt and other "media propagandists" who wouldn't ask tough questions. Greenwald includes Joe Klein of Time and Brian Williams of NBC News among those who failed to subject Petraeus to "real scrutiny."
Yesterday, just two weeks after Greenwald's post, Petraeus was a guest on the Alan Colmes Show. (The audio is available here.) Of course, you wouldn't know anything about Petraeus' appearance from reading Greenwald's blog today. There's no mention of the fact that Petraeus spent 30 minutes talking to a liberal -- the same liberal, in fact, whose show Greenwald requested him to appear on as a guest. Go figure.