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On journalism

Posted in Journalism, Middle East by homeyra on May 14, 2009

Conversations with history: Robert Fisk is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper of Great Britain. He has lived in the Middle East for almost three decades and holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.
He is the author of Pity the Nation: A History of the Lebanon War, and most recently The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East.

Links to transcript here.

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  1. 99 said, on May 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

    You know, I’m totally against false humility, but Fisk pretty seriously gets on my nerves with his ego. It’s always so hard for me to approve of his work as much as I might otherwise, because he is just entirely too cocky about his own admirable qualities.

  2. homeyra said, on May 15, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I hate arrogant people but I cannot place Fisk among them. Usually I can get over people “eccentricities” or whatever else if they have something to say.
    Among all these fake insipid journalists who just do the reading or reciting or repeating or distorting the “official news”, Fisk field experience is outstanding.
    I’ll prescribe him to all TV addicts🙂

  3. homeyra said, on May 16, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Although many of our Lebanese friends do not agree with his analyzes about Lebanon, it seems to me that he has a lot of knowledge about the ME – living there for over 30 years. His articles always ring a bell and he writes about aspects that seldom journalists address. I am sure you are familiar with his columns.

  4. 99 said, on May 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Yes, yes, I agree he is better than most by a long shot. He just always strikes me as so self-satisfied, self-promoting, self… well, just bragging about it all, when he talks, in lectures and interviews. His work is definitely high above average.

    And he would be a good dose of reality for tv addicts, that’s for sure.


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