Whether you’re a fan or foe, it cannot be denied that WikiLeaks has changed the face of politics in a very short time. WikiLeaks became famous for publishing submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. LexiLeaks plans to expand this idea to the state and local level in Kentucky.
WikiLeaks has been charged with conspiracy by the United States government for exposing sensitive secrets or more importantly, embarassing secrets. However, others will praise the organization. Michael Moore recently even assisted in posting bond for WikiLeaks director, Julian Assange.
Wikipedia gives a list of WikiLeaks’ awards:
The organization won a number of awards, including The Economist‘s New Media Award in 2008 and Amnesty International‘s UK Media Award in 2009. In 2010, the New York City Daily News listed WikiLeaks first among websites “that could totally change the news”,  and Julian Assange was named the Readers’ Choice for TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010. Supporters of Wikileaks in the media have commended it for exposing state and corporate secrets, increasing transparency, supporting freedom of the press, and enhancing democratic discourse while challenging powerful institutions.
Journalism was always meant to be a “Fourth Estate” or fourth branch of our government. Famous investigative journalists of the past did a good job of keeping our politicians and public servants in check. Budgets, Hollywood, celebrity news, television, reality shows and a lack of interest by the American public have changed all of that. Edward R. Murrow warned of these days.
WikiLeaks continues in the tradition of these famous investigative journalists: Elija Lovejoy 1802-1837, Margaret Fuller 1810-1850, Mathew Brady 1823-1896, Samuel L. Clemens 1835-1910, Jacob Rus 1849-1914, H.L. Mencken 1880-1956, Walter Winchell 1897-1972, Ernie Pyle 1900-1945, Alice Dunnigan 1906-1983, Seymour Hersch, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Anna Quindlen, Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham just to name a few.
Here is an excerpt from the book Unreliable Sources (a guide to detecting bias in news media) by Martin A. Lee & Norman Solomon p103
Does the press function as an independent Fourth Estate or as a fourth branch of government? Are media adversaries of the State or its accomplice?TV’s top journalists are part of the wealthy and influential elite, often socializing with people they’re supposed to be scrutinizing. At an awards banquet for the Radio & Television Correspondents Association during Reagan’s second term, Kathleen Sullivan (at the time with ABC) was photographed on the arm of then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, while CBS Face the Nation host Lesley Stahl greeted the Republican Party’s national chairman Frank Fahrenkopf with a kiss. Vice President Bush serenaded the crowd with a speech and journalists got prizes ostensibly for good reporting.David Broder of the Washington Post, often described as the dean of American political reporting, has won many awards in his day. Upon accepting a prize for lifetime service to journalism at Washington’s National Press Club in 1988, Broder stated: “I can’t for the life of me fathom why any journalists would want to become insiders, when it’s so much fun being outsiders-irreverent, inquisitive, incorrigibly independent outsiders, thumbing our nose at authority and going our own way.” Applauding Broder’s remarks was an audience of insiders, including James Baker, soon-to-be Secretary of State, who got a flattering profile in Broder’s column.This kind of sycophantic behavior made investigative reporter I.F. Stone’s blood boil. Izzy, as his friends called him, was a real outsider. He had one cardinal rule: don’t pal around with the folks you write about, don’t fraternize with people in power. That’s what he always told young people who wanted to be reporters. But his was a voice in a journalistic wilderness. When he died in 1989, Stone was lauded by many high-profile journalists who never listened to his advice.
A government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’ should be held accountable to the people. The mainstream media is now controlled by our corporations, Washington and politicians. Your only protection from corruption now lies in the hands of organizations like WikiLeaks and independent news journalists.
LexiLeaks, like WikiLeaks, welcomes private, secret and classified media from news sources and news leaks around the central Kentucky area. All information is welcome and will be double-checked for accuracy and facts. Confidentiality is assured and sources will be protected.
LexiLeaks is preparing their website, http://www.LexiLeaks.org, and will have it functional soon. You may also visit us or ‘friend’ us on Facebook and Twitter. Contact us with information at email@example.com.
I will be preparing articles regarding any information that we receive from LexiLeaks and reporting them here.
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