Raw Story’s liberal rhetoric | Glenn Greenwald Sliming critics of the U.S. Government’s “counter-Terrorism” efforts as sympathetic to or in league with The Terrorists was, of course, a long-standing staple of neoconservative, Bush-defending rhetoric and is still a core tool of the most rabid, extremist Islamophobic venues. That this is now also a common and acceptable tactic in progressive discourse and from writers for sites like Raw Story for sliming critics of the President is reflective of the presidential policies they are forced to defend. I note this not because it’s aberrational, but because any critics of Obama’s militarism and civil liberties assaults encounter these smears — from self-identified progressives — on a virtually daily basis[*] (as Scahill said after his Obama/drone-criticizing MSNBC appearance this weekend: “Today on Twitter, I’ve been called a terrorist, a neo-Nazi, a traitor and a racist. I also want Romney to be president”). Indeed, this all comes from the top: recall that The New York Times in February granted anonymity to an Obama official to smear the Bureau of Investigative Journalists as Terrorist-enablers after they documented U.S. drone attacks on rescuers and funerals (“elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al Qaeda succeed”). That’s the bile that is being spawned. Raw Story should be very proud of itself for turning itself into a venue for all of this. *For me, it’s generally an unfollow (that rate has increased as we approach November), but the smears are frequent. Blind loyalty is not a trait I have in any kind of surplus, so I guess this will be par for the course.