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Didn't WikiLeaks promise us a dump of hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq War data today? Not according to the site's shadowy editor in chief. On his Twitter account this morning, Julian Assange took some potshots at the mainstream media for hyping a secret-document bonanza that ain't happening. (He also trumpeted a claim that WikiLeaks could have prevented 9/11. So they've got that going for them.) Assange's rant:
Where do all these claims about WikiLeaks doing something on Iraq today (Monday) come from? A single tabloid blog at Wired Magazine!
That's right. Over 700 articles, newspapers all over the world, and newswires fooled by a tabloid blog--and each other.
Of course you won't see this blog cited, generally, in the mainstream press articles, because that would lessen the credibility of these articles back to where the belong -- unsubstantiated, and indeed, false claims made by a source that is not credible. What is journalism coming to?
But, Wired's blog is not just any source that lacks credibility. It is a known opponent and spreader of all sorts of misinformation about WikiLeaks...
Now, I'll try not to quibble too much with Assange's fundamental misunderstanding of media terms (a tabloid is a style of printed newspaper, man, not a blog). And I'll just ignore for now the irony of a guy who advocates information democracy totally trashing a viral story, and denouncing Wired's Threat Level and Danger Room blogs as "mainstream media." (OK, they are owned by Conde Nast. But Seymour Hersh, that guy who uncovered that My Lai thingy and the Abu Ghraib dealy, writes for the Conde-owned The New Yorker, and I wouldn't quite call him mainstream.)