Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wikileaks Is Doing A Good Thing

I've listened as countless influential and supposedly serious people have called Wikileaks a terrorist organization, called for Julian Assange's assassination, conducted a blatant smear campaign against the same, and tried to paint the leaks as irrelevant TMZ level gossip. 

I don't know when I've been more disappointed with the establishment press or culture.  Probably last week. 

Glenn Greenwald summarizes a lot of what is wrong with our media and our leadership, and writes what I imagine will be one of the more conclusive posts about the right/wrong of what Wikileaks has done, and will continue to do.

The only way for this whole semi-democratic experiment to work is if the press does its job.  That means "stop repeating talking points and tell us what's actually going on."  Wikileaks is engaging in what I'll call primary source journalism, and it's a friend of freedom and democracy.  I mean that literally, not rhetorically.

We need this sort of information if we're going to have a meaningful national debate, and the mainstream press consistently fails to deliver that information.  Most likely because the bulk of the "news" marketplace wants to read about Glee and hear recycled PR talking points.

And another thing:  Whenever Wikileaks leaks, the conversation usually shifts to whether or not what they're doing a good thing, instead of investigating what they leak.  I'm going to come back to that point when Wikileaks dumps their bank documents. 

1 comment:

  1. I like the bit about primary source, very insightful. I think the fact that people are getting mad, means that Wikileaks are hitting nerves, uncovering some things that people don't want uncovered, and that's a good thing. Besides, no matter how he's going about it, Assange is well intentioned, he's not doing it to be a terrorist, anyone who takes the time to learn about him knows his agenda is to get the truth out in the open, now maybe that goes against the desires of our government, or other governments, or private institutions, but these aren't the actions of a terrorist.