Wednesday, July 20, 2011

the hell you say?!?!?!?!

Video - Murdoch's doxie stands by her man.

WSJ | How does this year's phone hacking scandal at the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World—owned, I hardly need add, by News Corp., the Journal's parent company—compare with last year's contretemps over the release of classified information by Julian Assange's WikiLeaks and his partners at the New York Times, the Guardian and other newspapers?

At bottom, they're largely the same story.

In both cases, secret information, initially obtained by illegal means, was disseminated publicly by news organizations that believed the value of the information superseded the letter of the law, as well as the personal interests of those whom it would most directly affect. In both cases, fundamental questions about the lengths to which a news organization should go in pursuit of a scoop have been raised. In both cases, a dreadful human toll has been exacted: The British parents of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler, led to the false hope that their child might be alive because some of her voice mails were deleted after her abduction; Afghan citizens, fearful of Taliban reprisals after being exposed by WikiLeaks as U.S. informants.

Both, in short, are despicable instances of journalistic malpractice, for which some kind of price ought to be paid. So why is one a scandal, replete with arrests, resignations and parliamentary inquests, while the other is merely a controversy, with Mr. Assange's name mooted in some quarters for a Nobel Peace Prize?

The easy answer is that the news revealed by WikiLeaks was in the public interest, whereas what was disclosed by News of the World was merely of interest to the public. By this reckoning, if it's a great matter of state, and especially if it's a government secret, it's fair game. Not so if it's just so much tittle-tattle about essentially private affairs.

You can see the attraction of this argument—particularly if, like Mr. Assange, you are trying to fight extradition to Sweden on pending rape charges that you consider unworthy of public notice.

You can also see its attraction to anybody who claims to know what the public interest ought to be and is in a position to do something about it.


Uglyblackjohn said...

Wikileaks (may have) violated the rights of institutions  while  Murdock's paper  went after individuals.
People can relate better to another person than they can to a corporation.

nanakwame said...

Well right-wing conservatives had to be part of the Plutocracy - crass and all for our Great 4th Estate. Information is no longer cheap, yet; to obtain it hasn't changed for the press. And to feed the mass Drama hasn't changed either, now filthy coutre is main stream - g_d the word NO is precious

Tom said...

She threw herself in front of a pie for that guy who looks like a truffle?  Sometimes I feel like I just don't understand the world.

CNu said...

rotflmbao- whew!!!! Lawd...,

That's a multi-billion dollar truffle to you sir, and she executed a volleyball slam on the perpetrator, and there's no telling how many virile young muscular pool boys he keeps her many mansion cabanas stocked with either.

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