July 2nd, 2011

Hari was Dropped from GQ for “Concocted Journalism”

Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, is telling people that Johann Hari was dropped from writing for the magazine because he concocted copy that mixed fact and fiction. You don’t say…

Elsewhere more left-wing men of letters are breaking cover and saying openly what they have been muttering over the olive ciabatta in Hampstead and Islington. Martin Bright, who was an Orwell Prize judge this year, has come down hard tempered with mercy. In a tone which echoes Guido’s headmasters before a caning he writes:

Simply put, Johann Hari has let the side down. Several sides in fact. He has let down his fellow journalists, he has let down fellow liberals and he has let down the Orwell Prize… I feel a genuine sympathy for him on a personal level. There is something psychologically peculiar about attributing quotes in the way he did. And now through his arrogance he has drawn his editor and the Orwell Prize into this appalling mess. Johann Hari has disgraced himself. The Orwell Prize must come to its own decision about his prize. I hope his career survives this because he would be a loss to journalism. But if anyone is to believe what he writes in future he has to stop making excuses and simply explain his mystifying behaviour, honestly and openly. That is a piece I would read.

Elsewhere the novelist Jeremy Dun demands Hari admit he is a plagiarist and is scathing about Mark Lawson’s defence of Hari in the Guardian, which reads as if Lawson isn’t aware of the fullness of the allegations. Guy Walters in the New Statesmen (where Hari got his first break and had problems with deputy editor Christina Odone over his expenses) identified 42 cut ‘n pastes from Malalai Joya’s own book. Not all were in inverted commas, making them a problem of attribution, much of the text is presented as Hari’s own words. Classic plagiarism.

Left-wing academic Professor Norman Geras is balanced yet mildly scolds Hari’s defenders. Worth reading the Telegraph’s Damian Thompson for his take on events. He reckons it was the Kindle wot done For Hari

UPDATE: The blogger who caught this little scene-setting Hari lie in 2009 made Guido laugh, it dates back to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference: “Johann Hari Hates Big Macs But Tells Whoppers“. In itself a trivial lie to sex up an anti-capitalist piece. These kind of lies are the reason why Polly Toynbee and Laurie Penny et al are so keen to excuse him. Shame on them.


142 Comments

  1. 1
    Mike Litorus says:

    Given the dreary shit in GQ, Hari Karis bollox could only have improved it…

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      Boudicca says:

      I don’t read GQ but it’s comforting to know some editors uphold basic journalistic standards.

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        Anonymous says:

        David Cameron’s barrister brother is at the centre of a row over how much he has been paid in legal aid fees after Ministers blocked attempts to publish details of his public earnings.
        Alex Cameron QC is a leading criminal lawyer who heads his chambers in London. But a request to disclose his fees under Freedom of Information laws has been blocked by the Justice Ministry.
        Last night, Tory MP Stuart Jackson said that it was ‘inappropriate’ that 500 barristers earn more than the Prime Minister’s £142,500. A legal source said Alex Cameron, 47, earned up to £1 million a year from a mix of publicly funded and private work.

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010690/Legal-aid-fees-David-Camerons-older-lawyer-brother-hushed-up.html#ixzz1R1g7Fg00

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    • 43
      Lord Lucan says:

      Hari-gate will run and run and run as he’s been lying for years. Most of his work is fiction.

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      • 70
        W.W. says:

        Like most lefties,

        They are nearly always frauds!

        From Rilgrim wearing a stethascope, to Blair (where do you start), to Toynbee and her Tuscan Villa, Prescott being a man of the people, whilst playing croquet on the lawn, and chasing the secratery’s around the office to the Milibands pretending to be normal, and for Brown pretending to be sane.

        And the liberals Hughes pretending to be straight, Clegg pretending to be a stud, and pretending to be interesting, and having the first clue about running anything, to Cable pretending he knows anything about economics, to Oaten pretending he doesn’t like shit.

        Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give a toss one way or another, but the are such sanctimonius, right on and superior bunch of arse holes.

        It is difficult to feel any thing other than great pleasure when they are shown up to be the lying useless fuckwitt that they actualy are.

        W.W.

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        • 86

          Thought you were describing Tories there.

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          • Alex says:

            Oh well, you obviously need to brush up on what parties those mentioned belong to then don’t you dear.

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          • Twat watch says:

            “Thought you were describing Tories there.”

            Well idiot, this is precisely the type of lefty knee-jerk “right always evil” “lefty always good” attitude, that make tossers like Hari et al, the stinking hypocrites that they are.
            That is why they behave so disgracefully and assume because they are lefties that they cannot possibly be judged the same way they like to judge non-lefties!

            You fvckers should grow-up and perhaps you wouldn’t get caught with your pants down so often.

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      • 115
        E Zabornliar says:

        You know what to do : any time you happen upon one of his books, make sure that you put it back in the fantasy section where it belongs.

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    • 54
      Mainstream Media Sucks says:

      If he lifted from a better publication I presume

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    • 79
      orderorder AKA Tory Diversionary Propaganda Unit says:

      Still banging on about the same irrelevant story?

      What a bore you are Mr Fawkes.

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      • 81
        Nigel's Missing Bollock says:

        But at least in his own words.

        Suggest, fuck off back to your interesting blog then if this is boring for your insatiable intellect.

        Simples

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    • 139
      cuticle says:

      It doesn’t matter Hari.

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Has his boss the guts to sack the bullshiter?

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      Merv the Perv says:

      They should stick a knitting needle in the fat clown

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      Anonymous says:

      Tell us about your travel from Pakistan to Newham? Did they give you dole as soon as you were in UK or you have wait?

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  3. 3
    Baby Eating Tory says:

    First!

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  4. 5
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    “Inverted commons”? While a goodly proportion of MP’s deserve hanging by their toes from Big Ben, I doubt that’s what you meant, Guido.

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  5. 6

    He’s always had a loose definition of the truth, that lad.

    Can’t be trusted. Toast.

    (welcome to those who have only just realised this fact)

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    He would not be a loss to journalism – he would be a loss to left wing lying and distortion of facts. His fellows in this regard like Maguire, Toynbee, Alibhai-Brown, Richards, Ashley and Milne will feel the cold winds blowing closer to home which can only be a good thing.

    It is interesting that the New Statesman seems to really have it in for him – there must be a background story there worth bringing into the cold harsh light of day.

    Hari is a liar, fraud and plagiarist and deserves to be trashed.

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      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      I wonder if Labourlist is looking for staff?

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      • 14
        Mike Litorus says:

        Given they have that fat fucker Prescott writing for them, I would imagine he is too trustworthy for that band of rejects…

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          Jabba the Cat says:

          “…fat fucker Prescott writing for them…”

          Oxymoron hiding in there somewhere…

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    • 42
      nell says:

      don’t forget alicampbell!

      The absolute cream of lying leftie fiction / ‘journalism’!!!

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  7. 10
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    “Johann Hari has disgraced himself……I hope his career survives this because he would be a loss to journalism.”

    How, exactly, would a hack who consistently fabricates stories be a loss to journalism? If Hari has a future, then it should be in writing fiction, he seems to be exceptionally good at that.

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  8. 11
    Justaskin says:

    Who is that in the picture?

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  9. 12
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Hilarious passage from Polly Toynbee’s article in the Guardian today (Hi Johann note I’m citing the source here)…..

    “The day’s success was not in numbers – always unreliable on all sides – but in exposing the government on the “gold-plated” public sector. Because the coalition does broad-brush bombast, not forensics..”

    The silly cow has no self-awareness at all. Her entire journalistic career has been based on “broad-brush bombast, not forensics..”. There was even an entire web-site devoted to the way she plays fast and furious with facts and figures.

    Too effing funy.

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  10. 17
    Ex-fake-Billy says:

    REDACTED

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  11. 18
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Ok, will only ask about Take That if ok?

    How good were they? :-)

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      April Burchmound says:

      Only just come across Toby Young – Turns out to be a lying liberal misfit, the unfortunate spawn of a dysfunctional socialist family. A champagne swilling mouthpiece for downtrodden Marxist millionaires. His sycophantic defence of the sex and privilege driven Strauss-Kahn stinks of folding money. Someone should delve a little deeper into our Toby’s motivation.

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    • 123
      April Burchmound says:

      You stole my comment about the unctuously sycophantic Toby Young, Guido. Not even redacted – just disappeared. Was it something I said? Are you ‘very’ pally with him?

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  13. 23
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What it is about the left that is so hypocritacl?

    Polly toynbee moans about tax avoidence (NewsPaper takes advantage of tax avoidence)

    The Left Complain about MMMMMMUUUUUURRRRRRDDDOCH but have Sky TV at home (On expenses in Gordons case).

    Ed Balls wants a tax cut but his former master said tax cuts take money out of the econemy

    Ed Miliband supports marrige and the family but wont even put his name on birth certificate.

    Up the workers right?

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  14. 25
    God is an Englishman. says:

    The working class can kiss my arse, I’ve got the foreman’s job at last.

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    • 34
      Henry Wood says:

      GIAE,
      I can actually remember a bloke singing that in a pub in a port town in the NE of England. I knew a bit about the circumstances of him being promoted to the foreman’s job in a gang of stevedores, but what really surprised me was the enthusiasm of his fellow dockers (now below him in the hierarchy) who sang along with great glee. He was kind of peesed but I cannot believe every single one of his hitherto mates were in the same condition.
      Though I am solidly working class myself, me and my five siblings did try to drag ourselves up the best we could and we have never understood the “victim” culture which pervades our old home town.

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  15. 26
    annette curton says:

    Well it would have to be the Orwell prize he got, Oh the irony!…
    Big Brother is watching you.

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  16. 28
    Ex-fake-Billy says:

    REDACTED

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  17. 35
    nell says:

    Now that the leftie harikari whatsisname has been exposed as a fraud , all the media people that had been busy lauding and sucking up to him are suddenly condemning him!

    How very like the moment that the real damianmcbride was outed by Guido for the evil backstabbing person that he was. Suddenly when he was exposed by Guido, the mainstream media that had been treating him like royalty, started to tell the truth about him!!

    Says a lot about cowards doesn’t it??!!

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    • 40
      Ex-fake-Billy says:

      REDACTED

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      • 44
        nell says:

        leftie idiot, son of straw!!

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      • 72
        Anonymous says:

        Sick sad fucker

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      • 77
        Infuriated of West Mids says:

        What the hell is wrong with you, fake Billy? Can’t you come on here under your own moniker and spout your venom?

        P.S. As a lawyer, I would advise you in all sincerity that many/most of your posts here are in violation of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, and Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988. The offences are summary, but potentially imprisonable, particularly in serious cases, such as threats to kill.

        If you have the time (which you clearly do) and the intelligence (which I doubt), then I would refer you to the case of Connolly v DPP [2007]. Your Article 10 ECHR “freedom of speech” rights are not applicable when comments are “indecent or grossly offensive”. Threats to kill are treated especially seriously.

        Now fuck off and grow up, or go and hand yourself into the nearest police station, before I personally put in a complaint about your online activities. And I will – you’d better believe me; nothing would give me greater pleasure, you sick Huhne.

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        • 134
          A Lawyer says:

          “”P.S. As a lawyer, I would advise you in all sincerity that many/most of your posts here are in violation of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, and Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988.””

          As a lawyer, I can also advise you Billy that Infuriated of West Mids will be sending you a bill for £490 ( for advice given) + VAT at 20%

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  18. 38
    Henry Wood says:

    Guido,
    Surely there is some way to stop these posting freaks like the one impersonating Billy tonight?

    I would sooner see monitoring of posts than having to wade through the loads and loads of rubbish posted here every day.

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      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      I believe in the freedom of speech , However this is Guidos blog and his rules.

      the smearing of me is maily homophabia and the fact i wont vote labour.

      Its sad, but life, A perfect world is a boring world .

      “You cannot have freedom and secruity”

      As someone once said.

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    • 46
      nell says:

      posters on here know which is the real billy and which is twatson / willstraw/ pollytwaddle and the rest of those rich, self opinionated, leftie folks.

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      • 52
        nell says:

        Also, this.

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        • 56
          nell says:

          You prove my point.

          My moniker not yours you leftie person!

          Leftie’s just can’t help themselves can they?

          They have to steal other people’s moniker because they’re too afraid to post their own views under their own monikers.

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  19. 39
    Dirty Hari says:

    I always knew my enemies would line up against me. Harold Wilson himself told me with a fierce tone and shaking his fist “Don’t let the bastards get you down”.

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  20. 47
    Moley. says:

    Having read the link to Hari’s piece on Copenhagen it is becoming clearer and clearer that Hari is not a journalist; he is a left wing propagandist.

    As everyone knows, the left is allowed to lie, to exaggerate, to fabricate, and to distort in the furtherance of their aims, having convinced themselves that the ends justify the means.

    All Hari needs to do is to move to the Guardian, where Potty Toynbee will welcome him with open arms.

    If the Guardian can’t afford him, his principles might find a comfortable home at the BBC.

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    • 53
      nell says:

      OMG! don’t bring pollytwaddle into it with her purple prose!!

      I can just imagine how she’ll sing the praises for harikari whatsisname and his wonderful body not to mention his brain!!

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    • 76
      not a machine says:

      Hari wasnt the only one making propganda on global warming , or have we forgot all the stuff labour were pumping out , seem to recall Douglas alexander priming a lot of labour spin projects , some of which we are paying for .

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  21. 48
    Ah! Monika says:

    The 39 steps to the Hari Lying Theme

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  22. 51
    ichabod says:

    An old school friend of mine phoned me today. He has been unemployed for a couple of years. But he now realises that in spite of his MA, his ability to speak French and German, and his computer literacy, his lack of work situation is because he lacks the basic skills that are demanded by British employers…chief of which are, apparently, a desire to work for £6 an hour and to be regularly abused by Polish supervisors.

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    • 97

      Sounds like your friend thinks he is too high and mighty to start at the bottom. I started as a £10,000 a year ticket clerk in the City, I hated it it and was always broke at the end of the month, but I stuck at it, tried to impress my superiors. 5 years later I made £500,000 that year.

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      • 104
        Peter Mandelson says:

        I’ve always liked to start at the bottom!

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      • 110
        Anonymous says:

        Sounds like you know fuck all about the jobs market. Another result for Herr Guido.

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      • 124
        ichabod says:

        No actually he is completely without airs and graces—believe me he would do anything for a regular wage. He does have an aversion to using employment agencies though, understandable really.

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        • 135
          Peter Mandlebum says:

          “”believe me he would do anything for a regular wage””

          Get him to come and see me sometime … we can sort something our

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    • 118
      Leftin Frefall says:

      Strasznie! Tell him to learn Polish then.

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  23. 55
    Boudicca says:

    Jason Manford has got a new ITV show starting next week called “Show me the Funny”.
    Surely,given his prediliction for Skype sex, this is a misspelling?

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  24. 57
    Ah! Monika says:

    Off, Off, Off Topic but……

    Just arrived back from an enforced visit to N Wales. Ridiculously small portions for lunch in top hotel. Remember Nouvelle Cuisine …..half the size of that

    Went to Conway to buy chips ( inedible…potatoes boiled in cheap Vegetable FAT) ) and Pepsi Cola with the syrup control reduced.

    I need a drink!

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  25. 59
    Ah! Monika says:

    Obviously not Billy….beware

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  26. 68
    Kia Abdullarse says:

    I don’t have any sympathy for anyone who died on 7/7. That’s awful, right? I’m a terrible person. I smiled when I read they had english names. Sociopathic?

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  27. 69
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like to smoke crack.

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  28. 71
    Johann Hari says:

    Throughout my career, I’ve suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. But I’ve faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way. Because I believe we should ask not what our country can do for us but rather what we can do for our country. Read my lips, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And remember: I’ll be back.

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    • 74
      Ah! Monika says:

      And in the morning you’ll still be a plagiarist and I’ll be sober

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      • 85

        “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.I love you like a fat kid loves cake. Don’t just stand there let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.”

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    • 92
      Thingmebob says:

      You jus’ made my day, punk!

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    • 122
      Tobias Young says:

      Well phrased, Johnny H, I couldn’t have put it better myself. To coin a phrase – tis such stuff as dreams are made on.

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  29. 73
    Anonymous says:

    http://timblair.spleenville.com/archives/005278.php

    As creator of the Great Plastic Turkey Myth, it’s no surprise that Lawson would defend Hari. They’re two peas in a pod.

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  30. 75
    not a machine says:

    Ed to offer trewce on elderly care ?, I think I would offer him a free look down the barrel of loaded 38 pounder , could it be that the public have rumbled that labour hid some things about elderly care gazillions bonanza schemes they allowed ?
    Is some sort of large sorry ass spin trukey comming home to roost with the corrupt bunch ,that left the economy so busted, even social care was failing ?.
    Who knows . Janet Daley done another scorcher in telegraph (definitely a journalist)

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  31. 78
    Raging Sheep says:

    David Haye lost. I didn’t see it but I gather it was dull and Haye was shit.

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  32. 80
    Phany Stroaker says:

    Just out of pure, plain and unadulterated idle curiosity, was this a genuine interview or a piece of concoted daydreaming:

    http://www.johannhari.com/2011/05/27/larry-flynt-freedom-fighter-pornographer-monster-an-interview

    If yes, where did it take place, in the US or in GB? I personally find it difficult to believe that a guy like Larry, who is fast approaching death, is likely to waste any of his valuable time with a fat schwuchtel like Hari.

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  33. 84

    “He was very self effacing which surprised me. After all, he was one of the most celebrated and revered liberal leaders of his time. But far from allowing the power he so causally held in his hands to dominate him, he remained a very down to earth and open person.

    ” Would you like some bread or perhaps a fish?” he asked.
    I said I’d already eaten. The bearded cleric looked a little disappointed so to encourage him I quickly asked for something to drink.
    He brightened at once and fetched a wooden water pitcher. As he poured the liquid into my cup it magically transformed into to a rather indifferent Chardonnay.
    I sipped it as I asked Jezus about his work.”How do you feel about be being the greatest prophet of all time? How do you cope with the fame?”

    “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” He replied.

    “Yes..I agree totally. I’m just like that myself. But tell me something. I’m having trouble with a lot of my ‘so called’ equals at the moment. They’re ragging on me ’cause I sometimes exaggerate a quote or an anecdote. You know. Like you do sometimes. But if it gets the message across, surely that’s all that matters?”

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ”

    Yes, I thought. Damn Right!

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    Johann Hari says:

    As I put my tape recorder on the table, I could scarcely believe that sitting before me was Jimmy Hoffa. His smile was reassuring and I immediately relaxed. It’s a gift that only some possess, and Jimmy has it in spades.

    I was tempted to ask the obvious question of where he’d been all these years but in a world of ever shifting tectonic plates within the political sphere, I felt it would be more worthwhile to instead ask his opinion on the recession and the anti globalization movement. Surely this icon had a message that the vibrant youth fighting for justice would want to hear? Jimmy grinned again and said with the casual informal tone that one reserves for close friends: “Fuck globalisation.” I found his directness refreshing. Even when his aide took my tape recorder and smashed it into pieces, I wasn’t bothered. I was too enthralled by Jimmy’s anecdotes. “Just fuckin listen, buddy” he said. I did. And so should you.

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  35. 91
    not a machine says:

    Whilst Fawkes is asleep , police have been round to Vickys

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  36. 96
    Dirty Hari says:

    I see you’re about to sign off on my contract termination.

    Uh uh.

    I know what you’re thinking, punk. Did he tell six lies, or only five? Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as I might very well have video of you at at parties doing lines off of boners and being blown clean off by other guys, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?

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    bergen says:

    I wonder how much damage the lying toad has caused to the Indy.As an earlier poster commented,Kelner being kicked upstairs to a non-job this week is unlikely to be coincidence.

    Apart from the mini paper “I”,I only see the Indy in hotel receptions.Its sales must be terrible.It was launched by good journalists with the best of intentions (even if the worst of pro-Brussells politics).It will need a complete clear out and a relaunch after this.

    I recall a discussion on this site years ago suggested it publishes on-line only.It may be forced to now.

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    • 103
      Hypocritimus says:

      “It was launched by good journalists with the best of intentions”

      I doubt that, Andrew Marr (another recently exposed lefty hypocrite) was one of them.

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      • 113
        bergen says:

        Ah,yes.Shagger Marr.I simply cannot take him seriously anymore as a”fearless and intrepid” interviewer.I remember the Mail commenting on anonymous superinjunctions with the blacked image of a man with a pair of the most enormous ears.

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    • 112
      Anon says:

      I think it was Guido suggesting that the Indy should go online only, around the time of the expenses scandal (that’s when I first became aware of this site).

      Needless to say it didn’t, and circulation fell 10.88% last year, compared with the year before.

      True, you don’t see it on sale very often. The ‘I’ edition is a mess.

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      • 114
        bergen says:

        The on-line Indy also seems to cause problems with anti-virus software (perhaps I’ve been unlucky-I’m no techie) so I don’t look at it.The Sindy’s not been worth reading since Alan Watkins died.

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  38. 101
    Huhne Hunt says:

    Huhne son’s mobile phone is seized in 7am police raid on wife’s home

    According to sources, the phone contains an exchange of text messages between Mr Huhne and his son in which they discuss the possible consequences for the family of a prosection for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010680/Huhne-son-s-mobile-phone-seized-7am-police-raid-wifes-home.html

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    • 132
      Boudicca says:

      Are there no depths to which Huhne will not stoop?
      Most parents would do anything to protect their children, but he’s allowed his off-spring to be dragged into this almighty mess, forcing them to take sides and potentially pitching them against either parent.
      Huhne hopes that if he stalls long enough and uses his kid as buffers it will all go away.
      It won’t.

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  39. 105
    Anonymous says:

    This is all very mean.

    If little Joey couldn’t be a journalist, what else could he possible do? I can’t think of anything to keep him gainfully employed, except perhaps as a rent boy.

    All seems very rough on him.

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  40. 106
    Kia Abdullarse says:

    Fred and Rose West were artists fighting the bourgeosie.

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  41. 111
    Johann Hari says:

    As I joined my fellow demonstrators, representatives from McDonald’s and Coca Cola in balaclavas tried to disperse the crowd by letting rip with gatling guns and grenade launchers. This wasn’t reasonable force. This was a massacre before my very eyes. One brave protester refused to leave and screamed in fury at one of the stormtroopers for the Big Mac. The young freedom fighter was gunned down. Poignantly, his blood spattered the giant McDonald’s billboard behind him. In a whirlwind of madness, this grotesque sight was also the most perfect symbol of the fast food giant’s reputation.

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  42. 119
    Guardian Drone says:

    Hari may have made a small error a few hundred times by accidentally copying and pasting chunks of other people’s work text into his articles and passing them off as his own and he may also have shown the occasion lack of precision with his facts and embellished his work for artistic reasons but he likes fluffy kittens and he’s really, really nice and he does lots of great work for charity which he doesn’t like to talk about and he’s charming and witty and his youthfulness brings with it a certain naivete which is typical to those who display precocious talent.

    But…

    Whatabout all those right-wing writers who write lots of right-wing stuff?

    Whatabout the Tories…Ashcroft…nasty party…homophobic…Section 28…Iraq…

    Whatabout the right-wing victimisation of Muslims and the right-wing bullying of Derek Draper and Gordon Brown?

    Whatabout the tax evading corporations…cuts…cuts…selling our children into slavery…pensions…911…the miners’ strike…the Poll Tax…

    Johann Hari’s minor misdemeanour is just that: minor. His small oversight is dwarfed by the journalistic malpractices of the Murdoch/Telegraph/Mail fascists. And if you disagree with me, you are Worse Than Hitler.

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  43. 126
    The BBC Trust says:

    The BBC Trust would like to employ Hari. The pathological liar and plagiarist would feel right at home with the BBC.
    Hari please contact the BBC fiction … er… News and forward your CV.

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  44. 127
    Spyder Hari says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

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  45. 128
    simon says:

    Who is that fat bastard?

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  46. 129
    Jess The Dog says:

    @EyeSpyMP on Twitter claims that the baroness Helena Kennedy (of the Media Standards Trust) was overheard on a train reassuring little Spoilt Johann on her mobile phone.

    Still no Tweeting from the plagiarising twit. Now can someone shut down the rest of the commentariat? Toynbee, and especially the annoying Polly Fillers (India bloody Knight) who drive me away from the Sunday newspapers with their drivel.

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  47. 130
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I see the ‘friends’ are gathering:

    eyespymp Eye Spy MP
    Friday afternoon, Gatwick train, Baroness Helena Kennedy of Media Standards Trust on mobile reassuring Johann Hari

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  48. 131
    Anonymous says:

    paul
    it didn’t work
    give up

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  49. 137
    Robert Gabriel Mugabe's Aching Prostate says:

    There’s nothing more feral and frenzied than witnessing a pack of chardy socialistas and guardianista High Table chatterers turning on one of their own.

    It’s hilarious.

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  50. 140
    sandown says:

    “The Independent was launched by good journalists with the best of intentions.” (Comment upthread)

    The only reason why the Independent could be launched at all — in the mid-1980’s — was because Mrs Thatcher’s government had passed laws to end trade-union restrictive practices, which made it possible to establish new national papers.

    Once launched, the Independent then devoted itself to prosing and sneering at Mrs Thatcher and her government throughout the rest of the decade. Its editorial position was based on the standard perpective of middle-class leftist snobbism.

    More recently, it has also gone in for the most demented type of climate change hysteria.

    The Independent is merely The Guardian when it has forgotten to take its medication. It will hardly be missed.

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  51. 141
    Jason says:

    I’m surprised Guido hasn’t picked up on this

    http://www.devilskitchen.me.uk/2011/06/factchecking-johann-hari-junichiro.html

    over at devil’s kitchen. Trivial, but incredibly revealing. Hari claims that robots ‘nearly killed’ the Japanese Prime Minister, when in fact a robot sprayed him in the face with what looks like steam or smoke. It’s astonishing that he could print something like that without even the most basic fact check. I mean, typing into Google would have been enough! Astonishing!

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