"The very idea that government assertions are entitled to a presumption of truth even when they are shrouded in secrecy, subject to no accountability, and unaccompanied by proof, is the mindset of a servile government propagandist. It’s astonishing that, even after what happened in the run-up to the Iraq War - when media outlets placed themselves in the supine posture exemplified by Wittes - that anyone is willing to stand up in public and advocate this model of government-subservient ‘journalism’. Then again, there should be nothing surprising about any of this given that both Brookings and Wittes are classic examples of that sprawling strain of Washington think tank culture that exist for little reason other than to serve and justify government power. They are pure expressions of the courtier Beltway mentality that demands that everyone else be as reverent of royal court prerogatives as they are."
— The Brookings Institution demands servile journalism (2) | Glenn Greenwald (via theamericanbear)