Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Scorched Earth Policy

I never would have thought I'd ever link to a Nick Cohen article, but in this case he actually does say something interesting, though I suspect he is unaware of it:
The Independent, by contrast, still carries Hari's efforts on its site and refuses to publish Whittam Smith's findings.

'Hari' is our old friend Johann Hari: a bullshitter of international repute, a one time celeb whose combination of pub philosophy, pop psychology and self righteous sermons were showered with compliments and prizes from our intellectual elite. Until he got rumbled by a Marxist blog who twigged that there was something a bit too familiar with certain comments by an Italian prof he interviewed. After that it was all downhill. Ultimately Hari's career achieved only one worthwhile goal: he demonstrated just how unapologetically corrupt yet utter self-righteous our media establishment is. The Independent's response 'big deal' was beyond belief. But in a sense so was the Orwell Prize committee's; Oliver Hardy would be proud of their hypocrisy, to quote Cohen: 'Chris Blackhurst, the current editor, passed the organiser of the Orwell prize to his lawyers after she inquired why the Independent had allowed Hari to submit plagiarised work to her jury.'

Hahahaha

Presumably because the Independent staff hadn't read the Marxist blog which told the Orwell Prize Committee that Hari was a plagiarist.

Anyway, with all this in mind, Cohen makes an interesting point about The Independent still retaining Hari's articles. Cohen evidently thinks that they should not only pull Hari's plagiarised work but everything he's ever written and that Hari should not have been allowed to work again.

In other words, Hari's blend of pub philosophy, pop psychology and self righteous sermons were showered with compliments and prizes from our intellectual elite could totally vanish from the face of the earth and no-one would be worse off?

I agree: but doesn't that say something about the state of the British media? I daresay the same would apply for a certain Observer op ed writer.*

*I wrote that before I noticed the note under the piece. 
 

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