I noticed an uncomfortable change in media since Assange added his latest blitz of documents to the Wikileaks site. I’m looking for some piss and vinegar debate but all I find is pablum. Where is the usual banding of the Free Press in the name of free speech? Where are the people who fight in the G20 streets for our freedoms?
It’s bad enough that news has become a top 10 of it’s own, rarely wavering from telling the same stories found on any given channel at any given time. It’s super bad that hard hitting questions have been replaced with Brown Nose 101 variations of “how does it feel”
But what has gone so terribly wrong? When someone makes public the kind of information that 40 years ago people marched in droves to have the right to.. it seems a little cowardly to hiss and frown… unless you’re in the documents.
It’s a simple thing. If you don’t want it read, don’t write it.
The absurdity behind “oh wait, those are private!” is so blatant, yet perfectly stand up people (and sadly even news agencies) are saying nothing so loudly, that it’s by now uncomfortable.
I don’t know how things will turn out for Assange legally. But to think for a minute the dissemination of information can or should be censored because the kids shouldn’t have been swearing in the park …but got caught doing it… is ridiculous. Everything legal to follow is embarrassing and transparent.
The way of the politician is to cover up… everyone knows that. By all means, spend some time and money on stepping up the systems in place for hiding things that should never have been written down. Spend further on finding even more secure ways of storing these blunders, but for goodness sake, expect the quotes to come out if you fail.
No matter how pasty the mainstream media gets, there will always be people out there willing to stick their necks out in order to inject old school, piss and vinegar – super scoop stories into the political truth arena, and the internet will always provide a method of distribution.