AfterDowningStreet.org's David Swanson provides (10/9/08) what he calls a
typical example of how the news cycle works now that the blogosphere interacts (or doesn't) with independent and corporate media:
May 13, 2008: Democracy Now picks up the story of Kinne.
May 19, 2008: AfterDowningStreet.org breaks story of NSA whistleblower David Murfee Faulk.
October 9, 2008: ABC News picks up both stories with a focus on phone sex.
The upshot, according to Swanson: "October 10, 2008: Congress notices, yawns, scratches its ass, goes back to what it had been doing. Talkshows make jokes about the phone sex."
See the FAIR publication Extra! Update: Illegal, Yes–But Not Newsworthy: Wiretapping Testimony Barely Covered (6/07) by Peter Hart