Wikileaks: Media playing the man rather than the ball?

Mashable have a great intro to the Julian Assange walk out from a CNN interview on the basis that the interviewer had switched from the hard politics angle on his Iraq war leaks to the human interest angle of (he says false) allegations about him in his personal life.

Assange is a tough cookie not given to the game of ‘gaining friends and influencing people’ ways of the old media. He’s even turned up in the comments zone of Slugger to give it both barrels for suggesting the expenses scandal was not the eye-popping story it was being painted at the time.

But does he have a point? We’re so familiar with the old switcheroo tactic where journalists invite a politician in to talk about one thing when secretly you plan to ask him about something else that perhaps Assange’s seems like a bland evasion.

What do you think?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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