The US government’s persecution of Julian Assange represents the departure from truth of the government as well as the media that enables it.
Failures in seeking truth are inherent to the job of journalism. But now the Times has rid itself of a powerful tool for learning from its previous mistakes and, maybe, preventing the next one.
The compact a free press has with the public is based on two fundamental pillars: truth and trust. To earn the latter isn’t easy, however, because the former rarely just lies around in plain sight, waiting to be typed up and published. That’s why journalism is, in all honesty, a frustrating profession of daily failure, of falling short—a telling