Bloomberg’s John Heilemann Defends News Value of Publishing Sony Hacks (Video)

“There are a lot of things that have been reported that would be considered news if they had been found in another way,” Heilemann says

Last Updated: December 17, 2014 @ 5:55 PM

Bloomberg TV’s John Heilemann has been a political journalist for decades and stuck gold in recent years as the co-author of “Game Change” and now Bloomberg TV host.

On Monday, he defended media outlets publishing information gathered from the Sony hacks.

“There are a lot of things that have been reported that would have been considered news if they had been found in another way,” Heilemann said on Bloomberg’s “All Due Respect.”

He pointed out if someone leaked emails from Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin on President Obama’s movie choices in another way, it would have news value.

“Many of these things do go to issues of legitimate public concern,” Heilemann continued, arguing outlets like the New York Times would report on the information from the leaks if they had received it in a different way.

TheWrap surveyed multiple journalists and lawyers Monday to explore whether the media should be publishing and covering the content of the leaks. The majority came down on the side of the media, seeing publishing the hacks as a service for the public.

Watch the video above.