Tuesday June 2, 2020

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
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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