Johann Hari has issued a heartfelt apology for betraying the trust of the American people regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Hari had been criticised for copying the work of others into his own articles and has now apologised for his misdemeanours in his own words.
In a post on his personal blog, Hari admitted that he did ‘have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate’ and that his testimony to the grand jury and other comments ‘misled people, including even my wife’.
The Independent journalist added that he now hopes to put the whole cigar incident behind him.
Many detractors are claiming that Hari’s apology is insincere, while others are suspicious that it may, in fact, be yet another act of plagiarism.
American publisher Larry Flynt admitted, “I have this nagging thought that I’ve seen or heard those words before, and nobody’s convinced that he was the President of the United States in 1998.”
“Especially as he would only have been nineteen years old at the time, at which time he’d have probably looked like a three-year-old toddler.”
Hari is set to outline his vision for the future of journalism in his column in The Independent on Friday, entitled ‘I have a dream’.