Thursday, October 6, 2011

#wikileaks #assange :#Guardians David Leigh No Better Than Murdoch !


David Leigh, the Guardian's "investigations editor", told journalism students at City University that Assange was a "Frankenstein monster" who "didn't used to wash very often" and was "quite deranged". When a puzzled student asked why he said that, Leigh replied: "Because he doesn't understand the parameters of conventional journalism. He and his circle have a profound contempt for what they call the mainstream media." According to Leigh, these "parameters" were exemplified by Bill Keller when, as editor of the New York Times, he co-published the WikiLeaks disclosures with the Guardian. Keller, said Leigh, was "a seriously thoughtful person in journalism" who had to deal with "some sort of dirty, flaky hacker from Melbourne".

Last November, the "seriously thoughtful" Keller boasted to the BBC that he had taken all WikiLeaks's war logs to the White House so that the government could approve and edit them. In the run-up to the Iraq war, the New York Times published a series of now notorious CIA-inspired claims that weapons of mass destruction existed. Such are the "parameters" that have made so many people cynical about the so-called mainstream more from John Pilger