Colin Murphy: Fairness and open-mindedness are a journalist’s last defences

As the ongoing Ronan Farrow controversy demonstrates, herd mentality can be both seductive and toxic to the media

24th May, 2020
Colin Murphy: Fairness and open-mindedness are a journalist’s last defences
Journalist Ronan Farrow, pictured with his actress mother Mia Farrow, has been accused of failing to corroborate allegations in his reporting. Picture: FilmMagic

A little over a year into my first job as a reporter, working for Vincent Browne at Village magazine, I got my first big scoop. I spent a week or two firming up the story, wrote it, and Browne put it on the cover. A couple of hours before it was due to go to print, with the cover designed and the magazine nearly laid out, he called me into his office.

“Let’s go through...

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