Drawing on methods used by both Wikileaks and social networks, traditional news organizations such as The New York Times and The Washington Post used the Palin email dump as an experiment in new media techniques. They sought collaboration from readers and posted massive volumes of documents online before reporters even had a chance to read most of the papers.
What a bunch of hypocritical snake oil salesmen.
It’s called RESEARCH
you doughnuts, what Robert Stacy McCain calls shoe-leather
. You start out with no pre-conceived ideas, for that will colour your judgement. You spend hours, days, weeks interviewing people, looking up documents, cross-checking sources, getting a “feel” for the story.
You go forensic.
Then you spend time fitting all the pieces together to see if it makes sense.
Then you run it past your grizzled, cynical editor who regards anybody under 35 as a wet behind the ears naïve teenage airhead.
In other words you become an anteater, shoving your snout deep into the earth until you uncover a few tasty morsels. But that takes time, money, experience and no hidden agenda.
What all these NYT/WaPo/Guardian/Mother Jones hacks did was to act like lemmings, heading towards what they thought was the sword in the stone that would finally slay the Palin dragon. Instead they fell off the cliff and lost all credibility.
One letter makes a big difference.
And they wonder why so many Americans are reading the UK Daily Mail…