The Telegraph's Toby Young weighed in with a blog in which he traced the history of the controversy, citing Brian Whelan among others who had examined Hari's pieces in detail. Whelan sourced words from places other than Hari's interview.
Young admitted: "It would be dishonest not to point out that many British journalists are guilty of this practice."
But Young says that the suggestion that Hari claims as direct quotes, words that clearly came from elsewhere crosses a line:
"It's the use of a phrase like 'I point this out, and he replies' that marks Hari out as a special case."
"It will be interesting to see how Hari's editor, Simon Kelner, reacts to this. I would expect a 'clarification' to be published in the Independent at the very least. But I wouldn't be surprised if the repercussions for Hari's career are more serious."
But others leapt to Hari's defence, or at least to put Young's admission of British journalistic habits in more robust terms.
Richard Peppiat, who resigned from the Daily Star
protesting about its journalistic culture, thought the Hari matter small beer: