In an interview with Brian Williams last weekend, President Obama reflected on some of the false assertions often made about him: "There is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly."
It was a keen observation. But the big story here isn't that Obama is skeptical of the sometimes reckless dissemination of misinformation by the new media. It's that he's also deeply disturbed by the reckless dissemination of real information by the nonmedia. As well he should be.
I speak, of course, of WikiLeaks, which supporters seem to think represents some kind of new media evolution, a digital-age Deep Throat zapping off privileged information to eager Woodwards and Bernsteins in the underground parking garage that is the Internet.
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