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Thread started by Dave Winer on Saturday, December 08, 2012.

What is wrong with the Guardian?

For some reason I started to read a long news piece on Julian Assange on The Guardian website, and it was interesting, until the reporter started trashing Assange. I've included a brief excerpt below.

What about the fracture with close colleagues at WikiLeaks? "No!" he practically shouts. But Domscheit-Berg got so fed up with Assange that he quit, didn't he? "No, no, no, no, no. Domscheit-Berg had a minor role within WikiLeaks, and he was suspended by me on 25 August 2010. Suspended." Well, that's my point ­ here was somebody else with whom Assange fell out. "Be serious here! Seriously ­ my God. What we are talking about here in our work is the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people ­ hundreds of thousands ­ that we have exposed and documented. And your question is about, did we suspend someone back in 2010?" My point was that there is a theme of his relationships turning sour. "There is not!" he shouts.

The piece continues in this mode, mocking him, as if they were children.

Assange stuck his neck out for all of us, and whether you agree with him or not, it doesn't matter whether you like him.

They need better editors at the Guardian, and more respect for their readers.