The cover story of yesterday’s New York Times Magazine is a must-read piece about the New York Times’ experience covering the stories that emerged from the WikiLeaks source material. Editor Bill Keller talks about how the Times approached this unusual source material, how it collaborated with other news organizations, and how the Obama administration’s measured and respectful approach to these impending disclosures differed from the Bush administration’s efforts to browbeat editorial teams over previous, unwanted stories. Reading Keller’s piece provides a rare level of insight into how news organizations handle the challenges of working with information, people and issues that were unimaginable even five years ago.
But the best part of the story is the closing paragraph, in which Keller describes a Christmas card sent out by one of Julian Assange’s lawyers:
Santa is Mum & Dad.