Executive Editor Bill Keller on The New York Times and WikiLeaks

Friday, December 03, 2010


If a WikiLeaks document dump drops on the internet and no prominent newspapers report on it, does it make a sound? What precautions should The New York Times take when it’s printing potentially sensitive leaked cables? Is there anything The New York Times shouldn’t publish, even though it’s newsworthy? Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times, reflects on round three of substantial WikiLeaks disclosures.

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Comments [9]

mac ross

"Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wiki Song)" by Newcleus--80's RAP
in the last 10 seconds of clip.

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HEY Newcleus!!!!!!!! time to put out a WIKI WIKI WIKI LEAKS REMIX!!!

Dec. 19 2010 02:48 AM
Asha B from Raleigh, NC

I agree with Less Meta. Why keep pointing the finger? Shouldn't the government be responsible for some of the things that are leaked out? I just feel some type of way about all this.

Dec. 10 2010 02:44 PM
Preston Calvert

Actually, the ClimateGate emails have had surpassing effect, and have completely undone the bogus "consensus" that had been "astroturfed" into being by people like you and Al Gore, with the complicity of the UN and the kleptocratic leaders of many developing nations, who want to use this as a pretext for stealing money from the people of the developed nations. Global warming has been shown to be a sham. Global temperatures have been stable for 15 years. The ClimateGate authors themselves have had to admit this recently. Please actually learn some factual information and escape from your current misinformed or deluded state.

The Times clearly showed a double standard in publishing the WikiLeaks cables, but claiming some sort of bogus privacy argument for not publishing ClimateGate messages. Please get a clue.

Dec. 09 2010 11:02 AM
devin burch

i think this is a biased article. I think wikileaks should keep there stuff safe for now on.

Dec. 09 2010 09:08 AM

You guys are so biased- shouldn't you keep your media objective- as to not become a looter your self?

Dec. 08 2010 05:42 PM
Less Meta from Florida

It is the US government, not Wikileaks, which is responsible for the release of 250,000 cables. They should keep their stuff safe. They didn't. Don't blame Wikileaks, don't blame the New York Times. P.S. In this story the announcer says that there is nothing scandalous in the cables, then later says that the material is so revealing it could cause war on the Korean peninsula. What's up with that? The store-front window smashing analogy was -- as the New York Times rep indicated -- juvenile. I would have expected more from "On the Media". Indeed, I would have expected more support of 1st Amendment Rights from the program. But alas it seems trumped up charges of "rape" (i.e. consensual sex with two women who then met each other) and charges of treason don't ring any alarm bells for NPR.

Dec. 08 2010 12:57 PM
Mark Richard from Columbus, Ohio

KadeKo's comment makes no sense. There's no 'scandal' in the WikiLeaks documents, either - just high-level diplomatic gossip. The documents do give a peek behind the curtain. So did the ClimateGate documents. You may dismiss the latter - 'I just don't want to know' seems to be the mantra of people of a certain sort of political sensibility when their own side is the object of scrutiny. But the Climategate documents were embarrassing to a number of people, and did raise serious questions about the nexus of science, politics, funding, methodology, etc. I'm amazed at how docile supposedly 'progressive' people can be.

Dec. 06 2010 08:17 PM
KadeKo from suburban New England

Bacause Climate Gate(sic) was not a scandal, but a top-down Astroturf propogandization of a non-error which the right-wing press (and therefore helpless Mainstream Media) treated seriously, and all has been thoroughly debunked in all reality-based news sources months ago. The more it was looked into, the less was there.

I hope your original comment was made in all honesty. I am having my doubts.

Dec. 04 2010 03:17 PM
Just a Thought

Exactly one year ago this week OTM was discussing the leaked ClimateGate e-mails. Why not a question for the
New York Times regarding the alleged double standard between The Times treatment of the East Anglia e-mails last year and the Wikileaks data today? Thanks

Dec. 03 2010 07:12 PM

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