Dave Gilson

Dave Gilson

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Senior editor at Mother Jones. Obsessive generalist, word wrangler, data cruncher, pun maker.

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What the WikiLeaks Media Blitz Has Revealed About WikiLeaks

| Tue Apr. 13, 2010 5:36 PM EDT

Read the latest on the MoJo-WikiLeaks feud here.

It's been a very good week for WikiLeaks. Last Monday, the whistleblower site released a classified video shot by an American attack helicopter as it mowed down a group of men on a Baghdad street, two of whom were unarmed Reuters journalists. The video has been watched no fewer than 5.7 million times and the debate over whether it depicts a war crime, a justifiable action, or a tragic example of the fog of war, is still going strong. "WikiLeaks" became a top Google search term as a site once frequented primarily by journalists and activists became a major media player. And the attention seems unlikely to abate soon: WikiLeaks says it's about to release footage of an American missile strike in Afghanistan that killed dozens of civilians.

Much of the attention on WikiLeaks has focused on its mysterious mastermind, Australian hacktivist Julian Assange. He's been hailed as a fearless fighter for transparency, but his emergence from the shadows has also revealed him to be as prickly about unwanted disclosures as any of his powerful targets. When David Kushner wrote about Assange's fascinating blend of passion and paranoia as well as WikiLeaks secretive inner workings on this website last week, Assange fired back, claiming the story was "full of errors" and "extremely irritating tabloid insinuations of the type that might be expected from a poor quality magazine." Amusingly, his comment has become the most popular one in the history of MotherJones.com, with 43,000 recommendations and counting.* (Assange hasn't elaborated on the supposed inaccuracies in the article.)

Meanwhile, Kushner's article has inspired several profiles of Assange, including one in the Sunday Times of London that liberally cribbed quotations and original reporting from his story. Yet WikiLeaks tweeted that it was "mostly, not entirely, correct." Clearly the Times mostly swiped the accurate parts of our story.

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Mark Fiore Picks Up a Pulitzer

| Mon Apr. 12, 2010 4:00 PM EDT

Big congratulations are in order for Mark Fiore on just winning a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Mark started doing his sly, jam-packed animated cartoons back when online poltical cartooning was just kicking off and way before Flash movies became cool. We're proud that Mark's work has appeared weekly on the MoJo website for years. (We can't claim him all to ourselves, however; his work also runs on newspaper websites like the San Francisco Chronicle's, which officially gets Pulitzer bragging rights, being a newspaper and all. If you haven't watched Mark's stuff, you're in for a treat. Browse his past work here, or watch his recent takes on the Vatican sex scandal, how to talk like a Teabagger, and closeted homophobic pols. Congrats again, Mark!

UPDATE: Extra props to Mark for being a self-syndicated cartoonist and for nominating himself for the Pulitzer.

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