For the second week in a row, a top executive of one of the leading international newspapers that recently collaborated with WikiLeaks recounted what it was like to work with the group's controversial founder Julian Assange.
Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian, detailed his experiences "on the hazards of co-ordinating five newspapers and an information insurgent" in a remarkable piece last weekend.
Following Bill Keller's catty account in the New York Times, in which Assange was judged to be "alert but disheveled, like a bag lady walking in off the street," Katz found Assange "ferociously intelligent, with a control freak's mastery of detail and an infectious enthusiasm." This despite the fact that the Guardian's "pioneering WikiLeaks collaboration," ended like that of the New York Times before it, "in distrust and legal threats," as the headline on Katz's article explained.
the above is from rory o'connor's huffington post piece. i like rory so i provided a link but i completely disagree with what he's written.
i think that, on the left, we'd benefit from a little maturity. instead we play like junior high kids, 'can you believe what he said!'
i don't think bill keller was catty at all and we're going to have to learn to grow the hell up or end up the little boy who cried wolf.
a reporter is supposed to offer visuals. is rory o'connor calling the visuals false?
no. and he can't. so he decides that they are catty.
mainly what rory's piece reminds me of is the points elaine as making in 'nicole Colson can't stop lying' - specifically why would you try to call out keller if you're unable to call him out?
show where the lies are, show where the falsehoods are.
but they can't do that.
it's past time for little julie to stop being protected blindly and continuing to do so only reveals our own maturity.