Ben Smith of the New York Daily News has just released details from an internal campaign document laying out Rudy Giuliani's strategy for a 2008 presidential runs. Now I'm not trying to turn this into a political blog. Promise. I happen to think this story is interesting regardless of one's opinion of Guiliani or any other likely candidate.
Specifically, I find it interesting to see just how willing the mainstream press is to toss around leaked information like this. Yes, I realize that it's their job to inform the public. And yes, I realize that Giuliani is a public figure. But I don't understand how the paper was serving its readers in this case. After all, we're not talking about the Watergate Tapes and uncovering corruption which is damaging to the public interest. I'm no expert on media ethics, but I would think that should play a part in determining when they do and don't publish leaked material.
Just because something is secret does not make it evil or appropriate news material. Giuliani believes that he'll need a lot of money to run for president and that opponents might try to exploit past episodes from his personal life. Wow. That is shocking news and absolutely nothing like any other candidate I can recall. What will you uncover for our benefit next, Mr. Smith? A certain notorious group of herbs and spices? The secret world of fraternity handshakes? My grandmother's prescriptions?
I feel safer and more informed already.