The Fifth Estate


The Fifth Estate.

Exposing wrongdoing is what journalists are supposed to do

  • US government officials responded negatively to WikiLeaks because they were embarrassed.
  • They should be embarrassed. WikiLeaks’ publications showed that they were doing something wrong.
  • It is not the job of journalists to rescue government officials from embarrassment.
  • It is also not the job of journalists to protect governments from the diplomatic or political consequences of their own wrongdoing.
  • When powerful wrongdoers fear being found out, they are forced to behave more acceptably. That is a good thing.
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