WikiLeaks has struck again. Although most are of the mind that the website and its deranged proprietor, Julian Assange, undermine U.S. and world security, one also wonders if America’s preeminent papers play a role in this as well. The New York Times, for instance, was all too happy to give readers an early preview of Assange’s treasonous leaks and help generate buzz for his website. Would the more ethical alternative be to abstain? Or is this an unreasonable expectation for any news outlet?
The New York Times, in fact, has a long history of featuring less than noble subject matter. In the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times writer Walter Duranty acted as a propaganda mouthpiece for Joseph Stalin, even concealing knowledge of Stalin’s mass killings. As early as 2006, Times reporter Jayson Blaire was fired for fabricating an untold number of facts in his articles. Read the complete profile for The New York Times at Discover the Networks.