The Internet got and spread the news of Tim Russert's death a whole 30 minutes early, subverting NBC's wishes to keep the news private until Russert's family could be informed. The person who "broke" the news, on Wikipedia, has been fired from his job at an NBC-affiliated company. Peter Kafka at Silicon Alley Insider writes "Well, Internets, time to rally around your Woodstein." (Wikipedia/Tim Russert Deep Throat: Fired)
Oh please. Without knowing the details of the employee's contract, it's hard to judge whether firing was warranted, but still -- the comparison is just silly.
From the New York Times: Delaying News in the Era of the Internet.