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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 07:34 am
Fisking Central notes the following item in Private Eye:
Interviewing John Malkovich in the Observer two months ago, Lynn Barber asked about his alleged hatred of Robert Fisk, the Indie’s Middle East correspondent.
“No one has thinner skins than journalists, in my experience, and I come from a family of them,” he replied. “They can dish it out, but they can’t take it. But the reason I don’t like the topic, why I don’t really say anything about a whiner like Fisk, is it gives them more oxygen.”
Prescient words: Fisk’s lawyers fired off a letter threatening to sue. The Observer has now been forced to apologise and to remove all Malkovich’s comments about the Indie hack from its online archive – thus giving him even less oxygen.
Fisk, naturally, is yet to apologise for his recent claim that “Israeli missiles had pierced the very centre of the red cross painted on the roof” of two Red Cross ambulances. Speaking of which, wouldn’t that ambulance story make an excellent MythBusters episode? Fisk could play the role of the driver, protected from missile blast by the sturdy driver’s canopy.
UPDATE. Dan Lewis:
Regular viewers of Mythbusters know that where they attempt to recreate a scenario according to the urban myth and can’t (busting the myth) they then try to recreate it using various additional props and technology.
In this case, it would be a crappy episode. They couldn’t recreate the ambulance missile strike as reported, for it’s absolutely impossible to recreate what Fisk, Chulov and others reported.
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