The Times vrs NightJack: Destroying Journalists' Reputation

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

I think that it’s absolutely despicable that a journalistic operation
did this. The “public interest” figleaf they’re using blows away the
second you consider that they’ve made it easier for people to connect
the blog posts with real cases, not harder.

I’ve seen journalists in several places saying things to the effect
that this proves that anonymous whistleblowers should go to journalists
to expose things of public interest. But it was journalists that
exposed NightJack.

So, the attitude seems to be: “Nice story you’ve got there, guv. Better give it
to us, ‘cos it’d be a shame if your identity became public knowledge,
wouldn’t it?”

That’s a protection racket, and it’s how organised criminal gangs work, not respected journalists.

No wonder the public have such disdain for us.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.