Wikileaks is preparing to publish a set of Iraq War documents that’s three times larger than the Afghanistan leak.
Overton says that media organizations participating in the project will be making financial contributions to “help meet production costs” and that each media organization will likely come up with its own, at least partly original, take on the material because “everyone wants their exclusive.”
Our noble media — the “real journalists” — are paying a source for information? I thought only the National Enquirer did that. And they’re paying a source that they have tried to specifically exclude from shield laws? Hypocritical fucks.
The Overton window?
The emessem are vying with the GOP and the Christianists to see who can be the biggest hypocrites in the nation. Same as it ever was.
According to the link, the main ones who seem to be helping WikiLeaks is not directly the news media but a non-profit UK organization called the ‘Bureau of Investigative Journalism,’ run by many former news media employees who apparently were frustrated at what was not being done.
The editor mentioned, Iane Overton:
There have been various similar organizations in the US.
For example, the Fund for Investigative Journalism:
The point, of course, was that Hersh et al couldn’t get anyone in the big time news media to care about this story. Hell, none of them printed it until the tiny leftist “Dispatch News Service” and some other local alternative publications around the country did.
More importantly, David Brook once again uses his awesome ability to summarize all of world history and sociology to note that America’s problems are mainly that we’re all lazy and soft and not millions of Ben Franklinites any more.
Right. Nothing to do with factors such as real individual wages and the explosion of easy credit, but that these lazy non-blue collar types paid too much attention to the wrong TV shows. And the ‘trade deficit’ too is the result of us consumer assholes, nothing to do with the trade and manufacturing policies and wage and regulation costs of the 3rd world nations acting as our companies’ factories.
Hersh, My Lai and the Dispatch News Service, from Time in 1969:
$100 to print one of the biggest US stories of our history. Our elite media. Other accounts I’ve read had Hersh contacting many more publications than Life and Look, including the New York Times.
It’s not that no one else covered it — a number of regional newspapers did, much to their credit. And even those led reporting over the big dollar media for months, including interviews with close sources. But it was Hersh who provided the details that an investigative journalist would see as normal, and made the story ‘big news’.
In all of the coverage and retrospectives about Hersh’s reporting on My Lai, how many people have ever heard of the Dispatch News Service or the Fund for Investigative Journalism, doing what they should have done, you know — investigating the story and busting their asses trying to get the information into the press?
I think institutions like FIJ or BIJ might be a lot more needed now than ever.
@El Cid: Yeah, and being a glib newspaper pundit is such a blue-collar move. Yeah, David Brooks is a regular Eric Hoffer. Fuck David Brooks.
I’m still trying to figure out what the big deal is with getting the “scoop” – in the 24/7 news cycle, scoops don’t matter. I want clarity and accuracy instead.
One other thing about reporting tweets – you can’t spell twitter without “twit”.
I’m half-tempted to hunt him down and curb stomp him after first wrapping his lips around the curb over that article. Hopefully, all those service workers that he thinks deserve to live in stinking hovels will start treating him with the disdain and contempt he deserves.
Fuck him in the ear with a rusty reciprocal saw.
@El Cid: Has David Brooks ever held a real, i.e. non-glamorous sedentary, job at any point in his life? There is nothing I hate more in this world than these lazy-assed rich people lecturing the working class on how they live too well. Brooks and others want their working class to be malnourished, rag clothed, and scab covered so they can regard them as a species apart.
One thing that can be said is that a nation of Ralph Kramdens is NOT what the David Brooks crowd should want as it would lead to a resurgence of the labor movement. Brooks is, I think, too stupid to realize this.
“Biggest Dump Ever” sounds like the name of a potty training book for children.
Acquaintances gone over to wingnuttery seem to be confused every time I mention that what this country really needs is a return to some good old-fashioned union violence as a message, just so owners, managers, scabs and company thugs realize that there is some consequence to acting like assholes. It won’t make things perfect, but the notion that somebody is going to torch your car or beat you with a bat when you step out in public can go a long way toward inspiring more moderate behavior.
The food is bad and the portions are too small.
If this actually happens, expect the owner of Wikileaks to be tossed in the clink on trumped up charges. The Pentagon will not be made to look the chump more than once.
the funniest part is that their takes will be partly original. Yeah, ok.
Assange is an Australian citizen. It is unclear to me on what grounds he could be extradited to the USA.
I hope that was snark. The Pentagon has been punked–and has punked itself–so many times at this point that they might as well change the official emblem to a mohawk.
Just signed in to say, fuck David Brooks.
Maybe Wikileaks can buy a copy of this book. The Pentagon is planning to buy up the whole lot and burn it before anyone else can read it. Even though the Army previously cleared it for publication.
california asset protection
well, we know that there are bad people out there doing bad things. do we have to publish all of it?