DAILY MAIL SLATES HUFFINGTON POST JOURNALIST MEHDI HASAN – The Daily Mail is currently trashing the reputation of Mehdi Hasan, who currently writes for the Huffington Post.
Mr. Hasan is a senior political writer with years of experience and in 2010 wrote to the editor of the Daily Mail asking if they would allow him to write for them.
As you can see from the Daily Mail extract below Mr. Hasan lauded the Daily Mail in 2010 as one of the best newspapers around and yet three years later appeared on the BBC’s Question Time and openly slated the Daily Mail.
In response the Daily Mail has printed an article on Mr. Hasan’s accusing him of ‘double standards’ and the lack of journalistic integrity.
I suppose the Daily Mail does have a point; after all Mr. Hasan certainly knew how thick to butter the bread when asking for a job and then having the audacity to slate the Daily Mail some three years later after he obviously didn’t get to write for the Daily Mail.
Meebal.com has now been around for nearly a year – yes in November 2013 Meebal.com will be 1 Year Old so we’re not exactly a well-established new corporation; as is the Daily Mail.
They say with age comes wisdom but that shouldn’t infer, as it often does, that anything that is said or written should be carved in stone.
It would be so easy for me to ridicule or slate any of the major news corporation for they all make horrendous judgment calls from time to time and often their journalistic integrity is called into question – the News of the World Phone Hacking debacle is such an instance.
However, that’s not our bag. At meebal.com we believe that all those delivering the news have a responsibility to do so with openness and above all honesty.
Delivering news and topical articles is a privilege and one that can only be successful if integrity is upheld at all times.
For meebal.com that integrity is delivering news and topical articles with a personal opinion. Yes meebal.com is opinionated but that’s because it is written wholly by those who are not professional journalists.
I’ve seen some notably uncomplimentary comments about meebal.com but it is not our place to attack those who wish to voice their opinion – it is after an opinion and one that is upheld by the democratic ideology that people should be allowed freedom of speech.
I’m not sure that the Daily Mail took the right decision to publish the issue with Mr. Hasan for it appears almost petty and a way to simply trash the reputation of a fellow journalist.
The truth is, journalist or not, we all make mistakes. Certainly meebal.com has published some pretty controversial stuff and on occasion we have apologized. Yes shoot us if you will but remember that we are all human and therefore prone to mistakes.
Of course Mr. Hasan did go from lauding the virtues of the Daily Mail to slating them but again this is over three years later and I can assure you that people’s perceptions and ideologies do change over the course of time.
Journalistic integrity for meebal.com is to understand that we are fallible, things are written in the heat of the moment and therefore mistakes inevitably occur.
There is not a single news corporation that we are aware of that will not laud its own position as being the bastion of truth and light and yet they all make mistakes from time to time.
The Daily Mail is of course one of the largest news corporations in the world and without question the most successful online news source. However if I had one question for the Daily Mail it would be this…
“Where is the integrity in preventing people from commenting on certain articles? That is the Daily Mail has a policy of not allowing comments on certain articles for ‘Legal Reasons.”
For meebal.com we refuse to prevent anyone commenting on any article we publish for if an article can be published without legal ramifications then journalistic integrity demands that we allow the public a voice – that’s not only journalistic integrity it’s a democratic right.
Despite this I still remain a fan of the Daily Mail. In fact I rather like The Telegraph, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Fox, CNN, BBC and the plethora of other news source. My reason to this is that to get a full picture you must, due to journalistic integrity, be willing and able to open you mind to the views and opinions of others and in doing so formulate an opinion of your own.