nyt.wikifrontIt's believed that late Friday afternoon is the best time to drop bad news, such as rising unemployment numbers or massive layoffs.
So WikiLeaks' decision to publish 400,000 secret Iraq war documents late Friday—and lift embargoes for news organizations that had the cache ahead of time—was striking because it went against the conventional wisdom for making the greatest impact in the news cycle. (And it was almost midnight in Europe when the online clearinghouse released its latest of government documents, even though WikiLeaks had collaborated with several European outlets in preparing the material for publication.)
Yet the WikiLeaks document dump got lots of attention immediately online Friday, throughout Saturday—after a news conference with founder Julian Assange—and in the Sunday papers, including a couple of stories splashed across the front page of the New York Times.
But the major Sunday-morning public-affairs shows—on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and CNN—largely ignored the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history in favor of the fast-approaching midterm elections.
CBS host Bob Schieffer told The Upshot that the aim at "Face the Nation" for the past month has been "to concentrate on the election, and so every show's been about that."Read More »from Sunday talk shows largely ignore WikiLeaks’ Iraq files