Friday, 16 September 2011

Why has the Independent not left Johann Hari out in the cold and what will his journalism training entail?

 The mass media is now owned by a few individuals and corporations.

"One byproduct of media consolidation is the popular buzzword "convergence". Though the melding of different media is still in its infancy, one way convergence is changing journalism is that future reporters will have to be well-versed with multiple media platforms, such as television, print, radio and the Internet. While having multi-talented journalists is always beneficial, good reporters without TV or radio-friendly personalities or faces may be left out in the cold"(Alexandra Kitty, 2005, 'Don't Believe It: How Lies Become News', P.46).

The Independent has not left Johann Hari out in the cold because he is a fig-leaf who is extremely comfortable with multi media platforms. He also graduated with a double first in Social and Political Sciences from Kings College, Cambridge. So, why would someone with so much talent feel the need to engage in acts of plagiarism?   Kitty adds:

"Another consideration is that with technology allowing media outlets to disseminate information quickly, stories will have to be completed faster than before, giving the multi-tasking reporter less time for minor considerations, such as depth, reflection, investigation, accuracy and thoroughness"(ibid).

  Hari has 'apologised' for his actions and he will "undertake journalism training at his own expense". Noam Chomsky succinctly explained to me what this means: "In journalism schools, students are taught that “objectivity” means reporting accurately what is debated in Washington. What is outside that spectrum is “biased.”"(Email, January 17, 2011). I n other words, when journalists report on the Western justifications for invading other countries, they should not be concerned with depth, reflection, investigation, accuracy and thoroughness.