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Robert Fisk bows out October 4, 2007

Posted by Andreas in History, News, Politics, Society.
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It’s a sad, sad day and an indictment on the world we live in when someone like veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk assesses his own life’s work as a failure and as having had no impact. He’s just announced his retirement, basically saying “Screw this for a joke, nobody’s listening anyway!”.

He’s wrong, of course. He is one of a dying breed of truly “un-embedded” journalists in a sea of hacks regurgitating PR-branded, press-released, corporate, partisan and party-political garbage. This will be a poorer media world without his voice.

Watch this interview with him (thanks for the link Sam) and read my review of his recent book The Great War for Civilisation.

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1. gmk - October 4, 2007

Truly sad and indictment on society in general. Always enjoyed his articles.

2. Steve - October 4, 2007

Indeed, he will be missed. Independent journalists who are unembedded are rare.

3. CoffeeCat - October 5, 2007

Mr Frisk carries the torch of integrity at a time where all else in the media are following popular comment as oposed to independant thought. This is a sad day.

4. Steve - November 16, 2007

I’ve noticed he’s still writing in his retirement, though.


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