|Austen Tayshus-Manly Daily|
At both sessions Brooke while welcoming the advent of WikiLeaks, poured a bucket on Julian Assange, on the basis of her dealings with him-difficult, devious, dictatorial, reckless- someone who fails to live up to the standards he expects of others. This Guardian review- a paper incidentially that Brooke thinks has to go broke because of its "free" on-line business model-of The Revolution will be Digitised, gives the flavour.
Brooke acknowledged some aspects of what WikiLeaks does might constitute journalism but that it is best described as a source/publisher. Mitchell, an old school, shoe leather, contact book journo who thinks there is much more to the craft than sitting at a computer screen or regurgitating what is put on the desk, didn't express a view but it was pretty clear that what Assange does is a million miles from journalism as Mitchell practiced it.
No one seemed to have the heart to mention that the MEAA gave Assange a Media Alliance union card, "confirming that he is a member in good standing with the Australian journalists." And that Wikileaks received the Most outstanding contribution to journalism award
at last year's Walkleys.