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Wikileaks for Nobel Peace Prize?

HOWARD MEGDAL: It comes as no surprise to me that Wikileaks, and not Julian Assange, received the honor of a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. People engage in all kinds of violent activities, while our noble objects remain resolutely pure.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if you can’t walk up the steps to the stage and accept your Nobel Peace Prize, you shouldn’t be able to win one. Although I suppose that condition makes Stephen Hawking ineligible for nomination. Continue reading

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AKIE BERMISS: A few weeks ago, I could claim to be some what ambivalent about Wikileaks for at that time they’d only released a few bits of damning evidence, the drops seemed somewhat few and far between, and often the story of the particular way they came about getting whichever leak was much more interesting that the leak itself. I’d heard the name Julian Assange thrown around a bit and, when asked about it, I would mutter some ambiguous drivel about secrecy and government and so forth. But then we came to this last BIG leak (all the diplomatic cables) and maybe I was just paying a little more attention or maybe the full story of Wikileaks had come to a head, but I very quickly came to detest both Wikileaks and its founder, Assange, in no uncertain terms.

STEPHON JOHNSON: With Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, facing rape charges and generally being labeled public enemy number one, Americans and the western world over are screaming “off with his head!” Continue reading

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Reflections on Shirley Sherrod

AKIE BERMISS: Let us take a minute and think about the amount of time that has elapsed since the first Shirley Sherrod video broke. Just about week ago the media/blogosphere was all a twitter over a video of the Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture[ speaking at an NAACP function and APPARENTLY confessing to having committed reverse racism. Just a week ago, but of course it seems like ages ago. What are we talking about today? Probably the final death throws of the not-so-important Wikileaks/Afghanistan story, right? I mean, before the Sherrod story broke, all the talk was about Charlie Rangel and the ethics committee. Before THAT scandal we were talking about how watered-down but symbolically-good the financial reform was going to be. We live in the age of the instant story, the instant story. The 24-hour news cycle and all the spin that is fit to print. Trouble is all this new coverage hasn’t led to MORE coverage or MORE news — its led to more coverage of less topics. Its almost fetishistic myopia.

JESSICA BADER: Of everyone even peripherally involved in the Shirley Sherrod saga, only three people – Sherrod herself and the white couple whose farm she helped save all those years ago – came out of it not looking bad in some way. In a slightly gentler universe, the story Sherrod had told at that NAACP function would be the inspiration for a saccharine Lifetime movie chock-full of important lessons. In the universe as it is, things took a far more depressing turn.
And so for a few days last week, Sherrod, the NAACP, Obama, and “reverse-racism” were the story burning on all cylinders. Continue reading

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