It’s not that crowdsourcing news doesn’t have its benefits. Before it released its Afghan War Diary, however, Wikileaks first shoveled the unfiltered secret documents to three mainstream media — The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.
Was it because the three papers have a reputation for leaning to the left and might, therefore, use the leaks to bash the war effort? Maybe, though I hardly think opponents of the war need much help in that regard.
A more plausible explanation is that Wikileaks went to the MSM because that’s where the reporters are. The ones who, by and large, make a living out of gathering, processing and synthesizing lots of information.