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Homage to Lyra McKee — the journalist I miss most

16 May 2020

9:00 AM

16 May 2020

9:00 AM

Lost, Found, Remembered Lyra McKee

Faber, pp.208, 12.99

In the two generations since Watergate, the image of the journalist has gone from that of plucky truth-seeker to sensationalist and partisan hack. Somewhere along the way the fresh-faced idealists of All the President’s Men gave way to the dissociative anti-hero of Nightcrawler.

Corporate-driven news values? Probably. Phone hacking? Definitely. But what grates more is the suspicion that journalism is
a clique that protects its own, disdains its audience and passes off its attitudes and preferences as the neutral norm.

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