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.

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    robo cop, 7 Apr 2010 @ 9:39am


    What "Wikileaks" has exposed is just the tip of the iceberg. I was in Baghdad three days before we started bombing indiscriminatley. during my last 8 years in Iraq/Kuwait I have witnessed the horror that makes Wikileaks' killing by the US forces look like a child play. Our sick minded criminal soldiers have on-going competitions about how many Iaqis (insulting called Ali Babas) they have shot the brains off of. CENTCOM has been aware of it since the day one and so is are the US embassies in Iraq and Kuwait. Position taken by the Commanders on the ground is that we could hardly get enough soldiers on the ground and if we start forcing the decipline and holding inquiries of every mistake our soldiers make, we won't have any soldiers left on the ground. This kind of criminal behavior is widespread and everyone in chain of command knows about it. We, as a group of Americans, Canadians, German, English and other European individuals have interviewed returning soldiers from Iraq to Camp Doha and Camp Arifjan in Kuwiat and they all laugh and take such a pride in killing the "Ali Babas". Crimes of our criminally insane soldiers will never be tried... you can bet on this. These criminals are hailed as "American patriots", "heroes" and the rest of the crap. They are nothing but bunch of thugs, hoodlums, criminals and everyone of them including their commanders must be brought to justice and held accountable.

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