Ending the Age of Cover Ups

by Ben Cohen

Matt Osborne on the new reality of social media journalism and the inability for anyone to cover up stories that break in multiple places:

Oil trading company Trafigura figured no one would notice if they dumped toxic waste off the Ivory Coast. But 31,000 sickened Africans were too hard for the British Guardian and Parliament

to ignore. Trafigura responded by getting a court gag order on the

newspaper to prevent them from reporting on the parliamentary question.

It

didn’t work. “Trafigura” was a trending topic on Twitter all morning

and enough pressure came to bear that the gag order was nullified……

The age of the coverup is over. The sooner corporations, governments,

and private citizens get used to this, the better off they will be.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.