The falls of the houses of Phillips and Hari

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

I suspect many of us labouring in the less glamorous trenches of journalism will be feeling a little schadenfreude at the moment. First came the sudden departure of Melanie Phillips from The Spectator, as explained by Prof Greenslade. And now, Johann Hari of the Indy has been caught out cribbing chunks of other interviews and rewriting them into the narrative of his interviews…

I’ve never been fond of the pundit/journalists of the right and left whose loyalty is more closely attached to their political causes than those little inconveniences called “facts”. If these events start dragging the British press back from that particular direction, I’d be rather cheered.

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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.