Covering the Manning Trial

Friday, March 15, 2013


Coverage of the Manning trial has been inconsistent at best - in part due to a lack of press interest, and in part because the government is making this story difficult to report. Brooke talks to Arun Rath, a reporter for PBS's Frontline and PRI’s The World, who says that few members are actually there following the pre-trial minutiae at Fort Meade. When they are, he says, they’re not in the courtroom, but in the press room.


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Frank Hartzell from California

As a newspaper reporter since 1983, i look forward to On the Media. I think the show makes good points and I enjoyed the Bradley Manning Story this week. However, I think the show gave the false impression that it is unusual that only a blogger was covering a historic trial. This is now much more expected than surprising. When I started as a reporter there were numerous reporters covering say, the Department of Interior or the Army Corps of Engineers say. Today, there are slim to none. Of course, somebody somewhere will say they do and they check in but only when there is a fire to put out. I was the only reporter in the United States who seriously covered the FERC wave energy process and learned a lot. Federal agencies made our small town the national testing ground for several programs, solely because people were interested (to the feds credit, locals were mostly pissed off, but they came anyway).
Back to Manning trial. These worthless wire services and major media could not come together and pay some intern $12 per hour to sit in there and cover that trial!!!!! This is market based journalism at its finest and its all around us and we are ALL missing many, many, many of the big stories of our time. Bloggers are as a group reactive. They mostly want to cover what everybody else is covering. Readers too, have a hard time with the new, at a time when we MUST have new ideas and programs. Great work anyway, but please dont act surprised when you find out a blogger was the only one in court for the Manning guilty plea. You should know that's just how it is today and just how truly market based journalism works.

Mar. 18 2013 02:12 PM
Cindi Burkey from Los Angeles

I am really glad to see someone in public radio stepping up to the plate and covering this.

I don't think the importance of this case could be overstated. For journalism, for "freedom," for justice, for human rights.
It might be worth mentioning to point out that Wikileaks published leaks about the Iraq war and Guantanamo without help from Brad Manning. But he is the one being prosecuted and carrying the weight of being the messenger.


Mar. 18 2013 01:25 PM

UNBELIEVABLE waffling from the NYT over why they wouldn't assist Bradley Manning in leaking the documents that Wikileaks disclosed. Two words, NYT: JUDITH MILLER.

Mar. 17 2013 11:33 AM

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