From Wikileaks to "60 Minutes," exposes provide new ways of seeing the world. But the underlying facts often remain unchanged.
Surface-level news can often be peeled back to reveal new insights. Take reports in the Washington Post, based on Wikileaks information, indicating that the United States has been funding anti-regime broadcasts into Syria. Syrian leaders, faced with a growing protest movement, are likely to seize on news to try to discredit democracy activists.
Also consider allegations first made on the CBS news program "60 Minutes" that the author Greg Mortenson may have been less than honest in his book "Three Cups of Tea" and may have misdirected money meant for school children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. People who have given to Mr. Mortenson's Central Asia Institute may rightly feel they have been misled.