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But How Could Wikileaks Break A Story Without Traditional Newspaper Backing?

from the welcome-to-the-new-world dept

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 and over and over and 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.

Filed Under: breaking, investigative, journalism
Companies: wikileaks

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    griffjon (profile), 6 Apr 2010 @ 10:49am

    Re: Why newspapers do not have setup wiki leaks

    While I'm hardly a fan of MSM; give credit where credit is due here and read the list of financial supporters to Wikileaks on the bottom of the page, naturally you have ACLU and the EFF representing, but also the LA Times, SF Chronicle, Gannett, the AP, and a few national-level newspaper and MSM associations.

    Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
    The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE)
    The Associated Press - world wide news agency, based in New York
    Citizen Media Law Project - Harvard university
    The E.W Scripps Company - newspapers, TV, cable TV etc.
    Gannett Co. Inc - the largest publisher of newspapers in the USA, including USA Today
    The Hearst Corporation - media conglomerate which publishes the San Francisco Chronicle
    The Los Angeles Times
    National Newspaper Association (NNA)
    Newspaper Association of America (NAA)
    The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
    The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
    Public Citizen - founded by Ralph Nader together with the California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    The Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
    Jordan McCorkle, the University of Texas

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