By protecting the lawbreaking license for other powerful individuals, [the political and media classes] strengthen a custom of which they might avail themselves if they too break the law and get caught. It is a class-based, self-interested advocacy. That is why belief in this prerogative and the devotion to protecting it transcend political ideology, partisan affiliation, the supposed wall between political and media figures, and every other pretense of division within elite classes. -- Glenn Greenwald, With Liberty and Justice For Some
In this week's sift:
- Trayvon Martin: the Racism Whites Don't Want to See. White America really doesn't want to believe that racism is still a problem.
- Glenn Greenwald Lays Out the History of "Elite Immunity". His book With Liberty and Justice for Some came out in October. Rather than attack Democrats or Republicans, Greenwald makes the case that an elite class is forming in government, industry, and media. It sees itself as above the law, and has the power to make it so.
- Covering Climate Change Seriously and other short notes. What if climate change got covered by the same standards as the deficit? Is the media going to start exposing liars? Evangelical theology follows its politics, not the other way around. One of the best Daily Show episodes ever. And more.
- Last weeks' most popular post. The Tragedy of Mitt Romney had 297 views. The most-clicked link was to the photo of the skypunch.
- This week's challenge. The Justice Department memos explaining why targeted killings are within the president's power are still secret. Sign this petition to demand they be released.