Does “a meticulous compiler and ferreter out of information that some people would wish to keep secret” sound like a good definition for ‘journalist’ to you? Not according to the Dom. Apparently, that’s what Nicky Hager is. And he’s not a ‘real journalist’? So, what is a journo’s job if not compile sensitive information and speak truth to power?
Danyl’s written the rest for me:
“all-too-often the ‘journalistic craft’ as carried out by many of our Very Important Reporters consists of publishing propaganda, disinformation and smears leaked to them by MPs, government officials, bloggers, lobbyists and press secretaries. It’s risible that these people consider what they do to be ‘real journalism’ as opposed to Hager’s latest work, with its thousands of confidential military documents and military and intelligence sources, and his ability to embarrass and threaten officials and institutions instead of fawningly doing their bidding.”