This morning we are heartbroken to report that Anthony Shadid of our partner The New York Times is no longer one of the survivors. The veteran Middle East correspondent for The Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe and long time voice on this program has died. A fatal asthma attack while he was reporting in chaotic Syria, working undercover. His body carried across the Syrian border and home by a colleague yesterday.
As WikiLeaks has become a household name over the past year, one of the organizations that has most aided the website's rise to prominence is the New York Times. Through many of the leaks that have changed the landscape and called into question the tenants of journalism, the Times often provided Julian Assange and WikiLeaks with an audience by studying, and publishing the documents it was releasing. As questions about Julian Assange's character grow, so do those about his impact on the world and whether it is positive or negative. Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, talks about dealing with Assange behind the scenes.
Is the new Wikileaks document release bad for America? Good for Journalism? New York Times editor Bill Keller gives us his take.
Significant leaks of government information used to come rarely, and frequently only after years had passed since the events they described. Of late, however, the leaks seem to have been coming more and more quickly ... and the information, at least in the latest WikiLeaks release, only months old. We talk with New York Times executive editor Bill Keller about what the recent spate of leaks portends for watchdog journalism going forward.
Last night's breaking news that allied troops captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top military commander, was actually uncovered by The New York Times last week.