While Matt Nippert and David ‘Tainted’ Fisher are lapping up the adulation of the script kiddies in Wellington there is yet another article about the failure of journalistic ethics, where it appears that journalists are quite happy to rely on criminals to their reporting for them.
These so-called investigative journalists are even still in touch with the hacker of my emails (if tweets from the Kiwicon are accurate)…so much for their journalistic integrity and they claims at being investigative journalists.
Ryan Holiday, someone knows a thing or two about manipulating the media, writesÂ about the media’s strategy of relying on criminals to do their reporting for them.
At first, I thought the media response to the celebrity hacking scandal was sanctimonious. Now I realize it was rank hypocrisy. Just shameless, awful hypocrisy from a group hardly better than the criminals they enable.
Because after every outlet, from Perez Hilton to Jezebel, called the hack, leak and publishing of nude photos of celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, a crime, none of them seem to have any problem publishing the spoils of the Sony hack, particularly the many private conversations of its co-chairman Amy Pascal.
As Marc Andreessen put it on Twitter last week: â€śHackers steal a companyâ€™s email files. No bad acts by company revealed. Press prints emails. Journalism, or federal crime?â€ť
Thatâ€™s exactly right. Itâ€™s the question we should be asking here.
How on earth do all these outletsâ€”including The New York Times no lessâ€”justify printing or covering the contents of private emails obtained through clearly criminal acts? And not only that, but many in the media consider it real journalism and, in one case, criticize Sony for â€śchoosing to stay silentâ€ť for months before telling anyone theyâ€™d been a victim?
â€śThereâ€™s really no other way to explain the horrifying lack of empathy so many of them show, time and time again, when women of all levels of fame are treated like they exist to be bullied and mocked.â€ť
Well put, Jezebel. It makes it extra ironic that your boss, Nick Denton actually wrote a memo to Gawkerâ€™s staff in which he lauded the publishing of the Sony emails and said â€śthatâ€™s how good our editorial can be every day.â€ť Really? Thatâ€™s how good? Not: Thatâ€™s how low weâ€™re willing to stoop. This is the same guy who spoke last year about wanting to have a company people were proud to work at. These are the same people who criticized the supposed bullying tactics of #GamerGate, even though what they do is just as bad.