Saturday, August 7, 2010

Why we MUST stop US Admin's Approach to Journalism


The Obama Administration vs. The Leakers

August 06, 2010The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its investigation and prosecution of leaks, eclipsing all previous administrations. In the wake of last week’s massive "War Logs" leak, The Washingtonian's Shane Harris discusses the legal changes that allow for Obama's aggressive pursuit of leakers and Wikileaks' effect on a potential federal shield law for journalists.

By the way, on this same program are several compelling short interviews with top media leaders beyond the US including Al Jazeera.

There were a few interesting comments under the Leaks/Journalism story although I tho't that this interview was better than most for a format which has to keep items quite short:

What, no mention of the big politicized FOIA story?




Other key points:

1. Wikileaks says, with evidence, that it DID approach the Obama administration and Obama dismissed them.

2. No mention that there has been a steady attack on FOIA for 20 years and that Obama has joined Bush in attacking FOIA.

3. You failed to mention that by both liberal and libertarian thinking (i.e., excepting only so-called moderates and conservatives), the prevailing view is that information held by OUR government is OUR information. Pure right.

4. ...There would have been no market for Wikileaks if not for the glaring, repeated, and gross failures of the New York Times, NPR, CNN and others. The Times, for example, has repeatedly buried stories until it was too late for them to have any relevant and preventive effect...And CNN -- under...Walter Isaacson allowed the Pentagon to place what in effect were propagandists in its newsroom.


Why are reporters supposed to check with the US government? Should they have checked with the Saddam Hussein government or North Korea's or Iran's governments today?

Why does the US government (and a few others, notably Israel's) deserve the special privilege?

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