Allies in the Struggle:
The Press, Legislators, and
THE WHISTLEBLOWER'S determination to continue the battle cannot be understood only as an act of individual courage. Such a struggle requires assistance from others outside the workplace who are willing and able to aid the resister.
In distinctive ways, members of the media, Congress, state legislatures, and public-interest groups comprise a set of alternative authorities outside the orbit of the organizations seeking to destroy the whistleblower's reputation. These men and women have substantial influence in the larger society and vested interests in nurturing ethical resistance. Their own careers and ideological commitments are served when knowledgeable insiders are able to provide detailed information about lawless behavior. Their contributions to the encouragement and protection of ethical resisters are crucial to the whistleblowing process.
Without the attention of independent reporters, many resisters would be forced to end their protest after the initial reprisals. The willingness of journalists to listen, evaluate, and publicize allegations of wrongdoing is often a central component in facilitating whistleblowing. From the report