John Cassidy writes for The New Yorker:

Having spent almost eighteen years at The New Yorker, I’m arguably just as much a part of the media establishment as David Gregory and his guests. In this case, though, I’m with Snowden—not only for the reasons that Drake enumerated but also because of an old-fashioned and maybe naïve inkling that journalists are meant to stick up for the underdog and irritate the powerful. On its side, the Obama Administration has the courts, the intelligence services, Congress, the diplomatic service, much of the media, and most of the American public. Snowden’s got Greenwald, a woman from Wikileaks, and a dodgy travel document from Ecuador. Which side are you on?

It has been surprising to me how little journalists seem to regard their unique position in society and their role to, as Cassidy puts it, “stick up for the underdog and irritate the powerful.” The notion of the “fourth estate”, the idea of an independent press keeping power in check and reporting to the people, seems lost. And very few people seem to care.