By now you've likely seen the rather horrifying Collateral Murder
website, put together from the video leaked to Wikileaks
(for which, apparently, US intelligence officials investigated
some of the Wikileaks folks). While there's a lot of ongoing back-and-forth over what the video really shows, there's no doubt that the release of the video is a journalistic scoop.
And yet, we keep being told that if newspapers fail, no one will be left to do investigative journalism?
So what were the traditional journalists doing to get this story? Rob Hyndman points
to a story from a year ago about the mad dash of traditional DC reporters to butter up sources
. And what great stories have been broken by the White House Press Corp. over the past year?
There's nothing inherent in newspapers that says that only they can do investigative reporting. As we've seen over
again, investigative reporting comes in many forms, and it need not come directly from newspapers.
Perhaps the real
question is why the traditional press never set up anything like Wikileaks itself. I guess they're too busy trying to butter up some source in the White House who they hope will feed them a story for political purposes, rather than breaking any real news.