You could, if you liked, call journalist Glenn Greenwald a “muckraker”. When I sat down with him in Sydney last Sunday, I didn’t -- largely because I was too full of questions about the future of journalism and the present of Trump. But I feel sure that the co-founder of The Intercept -- in my view, one of the West’s most vital news publications -- wouldn’t have minded at all. It’s an old-fashioned term and he is a powerfully old-fashioned journalist.
Crikey’s Guy Rundle wrote a shrewd piece last June about the dominant new-fashioned journalism; the sort of enterprise where stories are not offered to explain the current movement of the world, as once they were and still stubbornly are by Greenwald. What we have now are single-serve sensations and “nuanced” takes that so rarely place events within historical context. You read these things by people who no longer seem able to unite, say, politics and the economy. Or society and social services.