News Picks: Wikileaks, Health, US, Obama, O’Reilly, Howard

Wikileaks

The Man Who Spilled The Secrets – In case you missed it, Vanity Fair’s frankly brilliant account of the volatile relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during the before and during the release of the Afghan and Iraq War Logs and the Diplomatic cables. Best thing I’ve read all week.

State Department team works to warn people – Elsewhere in Wikileaks news, the US State Department has a designated team of people warning human rights activists, business people and foreign government officials of potential threats to their safety following the release of around 2,700 of the estimated 250,000 diplomatch cables held by Wikileaks and media organisations.

Ireland

Health insurance rise hits families Families in Ireland face a price hike of up to €1000 per year for their private health insurance. With the state of Ireland’s public health service also in disarray, many are asking where on earth is Health Minister Mary Harney whose under increasing pressure to step down at the upcoming general election or sooner.

US

Gibbs forced out by Daley?Suggestions in Washington that new White House Chief of Staff William Daley effectively ended Press Secretary Robert Gibbs time in the Obama administration. Daley’s arrival could also spell the end for White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. The guy is making early waves.

Obama v O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday – This should be good. Fox News firebrand Bill O’Reilly will interview the President on Super Bowl Sunday, maintaining the tradition of a presidential interview with the network broadcasting the game.

Mystery surrounds Obama novelStaying with the President and mystery surrounds the identity of the author of an upcoming novel about Obama’s White House. “O: A Presidential Novel”  by Anonymous is said to be similar to Joe Klein’s 1996 book “Primary Colours” which was loosely based on Bill Clinton’s run for the White House which later became a pretty good film starring John Travolta as Clinton.

Media

Robert Harris eulogises the late, great Anthony Howard – Worth a read for any journalist or anyone interested in a truly remarkable man who was truly brilliant at his trade, as he liked to refer to it (in other words he did not consider journalism a profession). It was delivered by the great author Robert Harris, himself once a journalist.

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That’s it have a great weekend. I’ll do a weekend edition if I can.

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