Here’s US journalism professor Jay Rosen explaining how the mainstream media, after its capitulation to the US “national security state” post September 11, no longer became a reliable check on power (whether it was before 9/11, well, that’s another question).
Wikileaks is therefore the best we have. Not perfect but a damn sight better than simply rehashing government spin. Rosen reminds us of an amazingly revealing quote from Judy Miller (former New York Times stenographer and somebody I’ve followed for years):
Miller said that as an investigative reporter in the intelligence area, “my job isn’t to assess the government’s information and be an independent intelligence analyst myself. My job is to tell readers of The New York Times what the government thought about Iraq’s arsenal.”