Ken Auletta: Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global? : The New Yorker: The Guardian broke the stories of phone hacking by Murdoch's journalists, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden. This is a lengthy set of interviews that analyzes how investigative journalism works.
"With stories of such complexity, a newspaper often delays publication while it meets with government officials, who try to persuade editors of the harm that would come from publication. The Guardian did seek comment from government officials about the revelations. But Greenwald, outraged by the content of the material, pushed to publish quickly. “I was getting really frustrated,” he told me. “I was putting a lot of pressure on them and insinuating that I was going to go publish elsewhere.” He helped produce five stories that ran on five consecutive days in June. “I wanted people in Washington to have fear in their hearts over how this journalism was going to be done, over the unpredictability of it,” he said. “Of the fact that we were going to be completely unrestrained by the unwritten rules of American journalism." 'via Blog this'