Sunday, January 30, 2011

The New York Times vs. Assange

The New York Times's weekend magazine article, “Dealing with Assange and the Wikileaks Secrets,” by Bill Keller, The Times’s executive editor, is a delicious, dishy apologia for the newspaper's handling of Wikileaks information released last year about the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan and US diplomatic cables.

It is also a fascinating take (from one point of view, as all takes are) on how journalism continues to be as relevant as ever – in fact, even more necessary – to interpret the huge amount of information now available via the Internet in today’s tell-all culture.

Another observation I offer about journalism relates to its threatened future funding. I was so entertained by the Keller article that I purchased for $5.99 The Times’s e-book: Open Secrets -- WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy: Complete and Expanded Coverage from The New York Times.

My conclusions: Content is still king. Analyzed information (intelligence) is more valuable than information. Dishing always outdraws boring facts.

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