Robert Fisk, the lying Arabist of Das Independent seems to have gotten himself into some hot water with his colleagues over a stupid remark (he makes so many of them) comparing Gaza to Homs in Syria.
by Damian Thompson
Robert Fisk, the Independent’s stridently anti-Zionist Middle East correspondent, is busy dodging bullets from his fellow foreign correspondents after suggesting that “the newsrooms of London and Washington didn’t have quite the same enthusiasm to get their folk into Gaza as they did to get them into Homs”.
Former colleagues of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, both killed by the Syrians, have been venting their fury against Fisk on a private Facebook page. Many of their comments expand on a remark made in the Guardian by Ian Black, the paper’s Middle East editor, who was reviewing the memoirs of Hugh Pope, a distinguished Middle East correspondent, which strongly criticise Fisk’s style of reporting. According to Black, Pope was “not the first journalist to wonder with envy and irritation how Fisk ‘managed to get an amazing sounding story from a dull day’.” Black was choosing his words carefully (as am I) but read between the lines.
Private Eye has rounded up the allegations made against Fisk, which you can read here. Hugh Pope and Ian Black are unusual in airing this controversy on the record; another public critic of Fisk is the Times’s former war correspondent Jamie Dettmer, whose website is utterly scathing about Fisk’s colourful reportage. Now that, thanks to the Eye, we know what other colleagues have been saying in a private online discussion, Fisk is in a tight spot – as is the Independent, former employer of Johann Hari.
Read the rest – “I do not make stories up,” says an embattled Robert Fisk