Pillow talk

7 09 2009

Ever wondered why journalists don’t name names when things go wrong in disaster relief? I found out yesterday at an event for journalists and aid agencies sponsored by Alertnet.

Daily Mail veteran hack Ann Leslie summed it up (to a sea of nodding heads): “Smaller agencies can be quite corrupt. But they’ve got the Jeep, they’ve got the plane, they’ve got the access – and we need them!

And so the hacks don’t expose them. It’s as simple as that. She tried to temper it with, “Of course there’s a cosy relationship but we don’t just repeat what we’ve been told!” But I think that made it worse.

Now you know.

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