Last night’s discussion on John King, USA about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s book deal and his philosophy triggered an online debate and prompted a blog post by one of the guests. Some thoughts:
1) Glenn Greewald suggests that I am among those “leading the crusade against the transparency brought about by WikiLeaks.” This is an unfair accusation.
This is where CNN and you always come unstuck. Why?
Because you believe that asking nasty/difficult/ rabble rousing/provocative questions make the interviews CNN does become more interesting.
The worst part is that when doing these things your research is often inadequate ( applies to many other CNN anchors) and often leaves others who have queried his ( Assange's) motives and found sources where he Assange directly answers those questions; you are now questioning to a mere supporter... Mmmm ever heard the tale Assange says A to supporter B and B thinks he's repeating it but is never 100% accurate. Also this lack of research is another disease of CNN who believe its more important to "be the first to know" than to be accurate and Informative with "NEWS" .
Finally, CNN Anchors love to cry foul when they Invite someone onto the program and the person refuses.
I am not famous enough to warrant your or anyone else at CNN's attention but if I were and invited I would laugh in your face, you are only interested in either embarassing people or creating scandal.My point ,CNN would then report I laughed in thier faces/refused but not the reason why!!
Also clearly many anchors do not get these messages from bloggers as many many are commenting on the low level of reporting and journalistic ethics and integrity of whats on CNN.
Jessica Yellin and CNN have made their bias clear on how unfairly they have decided to treat Julian Assange. If they want to get onto the good side of this issue they have a lot more work to do. A lot more than this lame excuse of a reply, which only proves to admit guilt on their part, which was pretty obvious to anyone who has been following all their coverage.
Jessica Yellin, it is rank dishonesty to suggest that you were not expressing an intense tone of prosecutorial disdain for Julian Assange. You did give Glenn Greenwald the opportunity to express his views, and you did invite him on the show. You were therefore not totally derelict in your duty as a journalist, but your attitude and line of questioning reeked of hostility to Mr. Assange, and was utterly full of negative prejudicial bias towards him.