Last night, we hosted Open Secrets: An Open Conversation about Wikileaks and Information Transparency in America at the Seattle Public Library.  We saw this event as a community service as we all sought to dispel some of the confusion around a complex issue.

I was thrilled to have a local TV station interview me about the substantive nature of the gathering, and I knew they would do a live shot outside of the Seattle Public Library.  After my own years in the TV business, I should have known better — I should have inquired about the exact editorial premise of the story!  I had no idea it was going to be about how Wikileaks “could affect how you shop.” It was partly this lack of transparency in the TV news business that inspired me to get out when I did.  Along with the uninspired arty slow-mo shots of hands on keyboards…