Attack On Hari – Dismantling Our Infrastructure
June 29, 2011 § 4 Comments
This is not a defense of Hari’s breach of his readers’ trust. I am as disappointed in him as you are. He has undermined his own credibility by trying to be too smart.
But to suggest that this Westminster story is simply a question of journalistic integrity is naive. This is a full-on attack on one of the media-pillars of the progressive left, a powerful writer and attack-dog.
Guido brought the story to light yesterday. Telegraph soon followed. Toby Young got in on the action, turning it into a broader attack on the editor of the Independent. (Perhaps he’s forgotten his own writing misdemeanors – here the New York Times and a former employer accuse him of plagiarism.)
Hari’s apology for not attributing quotes trailed on page 1 and page 7 of the Independent today. To put that in perspective, The Sunday Times apology for making up John Prescott’s quotes? Bottom of page 24.
Johann is a powerful writer. His pieces (like this one about the Congo) are worthy of the prizes bestowed on him. He will have to work doubly hard to regain the trust of his readers, but for us to hang him out to dry is as shortsighted as it is dangerous.
Oh – and if you want to read why he’s hated? It’s because he’s good.