Journalism ethics professor Edward Wasserman criticized the media for “abandoning” Bradley Manning as a source. Wasserman wrote on his blog: “To me, what’s notable is that it has taken allegations of near-torture to get the media to pay attention to this guy at all.”
Wasserman went on to question about journalistic duty to sources. He asked why media outlets have covered WikiLeaks publications extensively, but have stood “aside as [Manning] faces life in prison for giving it to them.”
“The news media likes to pose as champions of unpopular causes,” Wasserman commented. “But there’s no evidence of that in their abandonment of Private Manning.”
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Read Wasserman’s full post here.
Meanwhile, PJ Crowley, who left his position as a spokesperson for the State Dept. after calling the treatment of Bradley Manning “ridiculous,” counterproductive” and “stupid,” wrote in a column for the Guardian that he stands by his comments.
Read Crowley’s full comments here.