10.24.2010

wikileaks founder assange walks out on interview with cnn

More than 300,000 documents leaked and all CNN wants to talk about is Assange's personal life. Nice try, CNN. We will not be distracted.



Update from redsock: If you want to hear information about the actual leaked documents and not about what Assange might or might not have done with his penis -- which is clearly what CNN has deemed the most important aspect of this event -- you have to go outside the United States. Here is a lengthy BBC report, featuring Assange and John Sloboda (Iraq Body Count).

11 comments:

redsock said...

Here is some actual reporting rather than the absurd theater of CNN, a Fox-wannabe.

(Note that the interviewer clearly had her orders about what to avoid talking about. She could not manage to ask even one question about the information on the deaths of about 150,000 innocent people, even a mindlessly perfunctory one to keep him in his chair and maybe circle back around to more questions about his sex life.)

Stephanie said...

What a great contrast the two interviews make. Thanks for the BBC link Redsock!

M@ said...

I've spent a lot of time (far too much time) in the car in the last two days, and I've heard many, many CBC news reports on the Wikileaks release. I haven't heard a single mention on there of anything related to the personal attacks on Assange. So apparently it is possible to report on the subject without bringing up Assange's personal life.

No idea about the CBC TV news, though. But there's a reason I almost never watch TV news, from any country.

L-girl said...

I'm assuming that only US media outlets are going for personal attacks, to avoid and distract from the issues.

I have not done a study, so anyone should feel free to disprove. :)

Some Person said...

It's not the nation's porn collection that will shame USians in the eyes of historians from the year 3000 (http://www.theonion.com/video/congress-announces-plan-to-hide-nations-porn-from,17243/). It's news reporting like this.

L-girl said...

There'll be such a wealth of material to choose from.

Nitangae said...

I have trouble with people who

a) think that leaving many thousands to die slowly and in agony under rubble ( a fairly standard result of bombing towns) is an unfortunate but unavoidable side-effect of invading a country (for whatever changing reason).

and

b) think it unforgivable to reveal information that might possibly result in a soldier or two being shot, even if the information reveals that the government has been routinely lying about the enormously destructive war in which it is involved.

If I was tasked with harmonizing those two opinions, then I also would spend a great deal of time talking about Assange's penis.

M@ said...

Can't argue with that explanation, Nitangae. It seems to be worth pointing out that the most effective way to avoid killing US military people in Iraq would have been not invading Iraq. Funny that they forgot about that, eh?

L-girl said...

A while back, one of my FB contacts said Bradley Manning - the man accused of leaking the "collateral murder video" - was a weasel, scumbag, etc., because he endangered people's lives. She apparently saw no irony in that statement.

(I was kind of shocked, as she's generally a progressive person and a disability-rights activist. I quietly defriended her.)

But yeah, the US using concern for people's lives as a smokescreen is just a bit rich.

M. Yass said...

Of course, the mainstreamliberalmedia was all over this story like flies on shit to smear the previous Republican administration.

Oh, wait . . .

M. Yass said...

Further proof that you have to go to non-American (what they would call "foreign") news sources to find out what's really going on in America. CNN only gives a shit about titillating viewers with salacious and defamatory details of peoples' sex lives.

Not surprisingly, the only U.S. media outlet that has come close to doing this story justice is NPR.