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NEWSPAPERS Reported The Leaked State Department Cables Story

November 29, 2010

In this day and age too few hear the ‘thump’ of the morning newspaper each morning land against the front door.  I thought of that again when the biggest news story since the elections blazed all over the front page of The New York Times.  All media sources were linking to ‘The Gray Lady’ today and using their extensive coverage of the leaked State Department cables. 

It took highly respected, and world-known newspapers to report this story.  That fact should not be forgotten in this time when news consumers are all over the map when trying to find ways to stay informed.  Newspapers have the space, the ability, the experience to report the big stories.  No one else can do it the way newspapers can.

The news of the leaked  cables could never have been told on the CBS Evening News, or even on PBS’ NewHour in the way The New York Times did on almost five full pages.  And this is only day one.

Because of  solid reporting newspapers still rank at the top of the news pyramid.  With rock solid journalism, the time and space to do the story right, and with a broad audience newspapers are able to report a story that others might shy away from.

Over and over I repeat the same thing.

There is no way that this nation can do without newspapers.

To hold government accountable there must be a line of seasoned and resourceful newspaper reporters with pen and notepad in hand.

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    November 30, 2010 1:19 PM

    Oh please. What did the NYT do here to hold the government accountable? Wikileaks and whomever provided the documents did all the work here. Besides, the NYT was sent the documents by The Guardian in the UK because Wikileaks declined to send them directly to the NYT. So, after someone leaked them and Wikileaks gave them to another newspaper, then the mighty NYT jumps in. Really out ahead of the curve, aren’t they?

    Your beloved NYT did such a great job of holding the gov’t accountable for the Iraq War. That Judith Miller really did a swell job. And now they’re using these new leaks to further demonize Iran.

    http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/11/29/nyt-oversells-wikileaksiranian-missiles-story/

    Check out this video:

    The NYT clears at least some of what they write with the government. As UK diplomat Carne Ross says in the video:

    “one shouldn’t go to The New York Times for these telegrams — one should go straight to the WikiLeaks site. It’s extraordinary that the New York Times is clearing what it says about this with the U.S. Government”

    I honestly hope that someone as smart as you recovers from this syndrome whereby you think that all you need to do is read the NYT, the Wall Street Journal, and then watch The Lehrer News Hour to get all the news you could ever need and a wide range of opinions to boot. Perhaps someday you’ll take advantage of all that the Internet has to offer regarding news. Such as, say, being able to read the leaked documents yourself instead of being a drone taking everything the NYT has to say as gospel.

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