Journalism

by Mike Masnick


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journalism, wikileaks



Why Are US Publications Downplaying The Significance Of Some Of Wikileaks' Leaks?

from the they-know-which-side-their-bread-is-buttered-on dept

We still can't quite figure out why the story of US contractors in Afghanistan pimping little boys to law enforcement officials doesn't seem to get nearly the sort of attention in the press that Wikileaks itself gets, even though Wikileaks is what revealed the actions by Dyncorp. In fact, some are noticing that the US press seems to be downplaying many of the revelations in the diplomatic cables that have been released so far. Karl Bode points us to an interesting report that highlights how a bunch of big name publications have tried to play down the leaks, listing out stories in Time, the NY Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post and elsewhere that all say the leaks have really only shown that US diplomats are effective at their jobs.

But then it lists out a whole bunch of things that have been found in the leaks so far (and, remember, less than 1% of the cables have actually been released), that all seem like pretty big stories, that haven't received much attention at all. Many of them do get one or two stories, and that's it. This includes multiple stories of US officials basically working to obstruct foreign governments from responding to various misdeeds by representatives of the US. There are also numerous examples of US officials disobeying agreements with other countries and believing bad intelligence. But, for whatever reason, that's just not as interesting as the story of the organization that helped reveal that information?

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 21 Dec 2010 @ 7:38am

    Re: Re: Answer...

    "A story about a single private company in a foreign company with some bad employees is WAY more nuanced than attacking the press organization that is republishing information it got from some terrorist website."

    I sort of can't believe that you actually wrote this sentence out and then kept it. Attacking a foreign press org that is republishing information it got from somewhere else while simultaneously reporting on the trial of the guy that runs it is WAY more convoluted and nuanced than the simple story of "American Company Prostitutes Boys In Afghanistan"....

    "I think it's more that they're afraid of DHS dropping the hammer for "national security" reasons. I find that more likely than direct collusion with the government."

    I do not. Do you REALLY believe that Murdoch is afraid of Lieberman and not the other way around?

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