Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Johann Hari has just admitted the truth of the many allegations made against him, specifically that he plagiarised his interviews from published works and other interviews and that he maliciously altered the Wikipedia entries of his personal rivals using a pseudonym.

You would think this would be the end of his journalistic career. But no! He is merely taking four months' leave from the Independent to go on a journalism course. Oh, and he's handing back the George Orwell prize just as it was about to be taken from him. In his mea culpa, he presents this as an "act of contrition".
But this isn’t much, since it has been reported that they are minded to take it away anyway. (I apologise to them for the time they’ve had to spend on this.) So second, I am going to take an unpaid leave of absence from The Independent until 2012, and at my own expense I will be undertaking a programme of journalism training. (I rose very fast in journalism straight from university.) And third, when I return, I will footnote all my articles online and post the audio online of any on-the-record conversations so that everyone can hear them and verify they were said directly to me.

It is mind-boggling that Hari will be allowed to go on with his journalistic career after this shocking evidence of systematic deceit. And, of course, the few plagiarised stories that came to light, I am completely confident, were only the tip of a very large iceberg.
There has still been no public discussion of his preposterous claim to have 'infiltrated' Finsbury Park mosque while posing as a radical Muslim jihadist.

You have to marvel at the sheer shamelessness of the Left. These people have an invincible sense of their own moral superiority. And that sense of moral superiority, in their view, entitles them to advance their agenda in the most dastardly ways, ("By Any Means Necessary") as their motto says. This was a phrase coined by leftist Jean-Paul Sartre and popularised by the Muslim Malcolm X. Although it tends now to be associated in the public mind with violence, in its original context it referred not to violence at all, but lying. In Sartre's play Dirty Hands, a character says the following:
I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary.

To advance their 'noble cause', these people are quite happy to lie blatantly, and to violate the unspoken rules of democracy by criminalising the opinions of their political opponents, suppressing information and using all the instruments of state to propagandise for their point of view. And it doesn't stop there. Political violence all across Europe is dominated by the Left for the same reason. This is why brownshirt/terrorist outfits like the UAF not only get away with routine organised law-breaking but are interviewed sympathetically by journalists and endorsed by leading politicians.


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