CNBC “Squawk Box” co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin apologized to The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald this morning, for saying yesterday that he would “almost arrest” him for publishing stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.
“I put my foot in my mouth, and I’m sorry about this, when I veered into hyperbole and suggested that he almost be arrested, that was the quote, and I have to say it didn’t come out right and I misspoke. I’m sorry I said it that way, and I’m sorry I said it.”
“Let me be clear about a couple of things here, I believe in the first amendment and transparency and of course investigative journalism like the reports about he NSA programs,” he added. “And I think there are fair and important questions to be asked about the government and our privacy on this ongoing story. But I also think there are fair questions to be asked about Snowden himself, and the role of the media, but on my comment on Greenwald, I regret it.”
Greenwald, in an email to the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple, criticized journalists that he said were “courtiers to power.”
In our poll yesterday, a majority of respondents seem to think that journalists should be aggressive questioning their colleagues, and pressing them on their personal views.