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  Jayson Blair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blair was born in Columbia, Maryland, son of a federal worker and a schoolteacher.
Blair was the editor in chief of the independent student newspaper, The Diamondback for the 1996-1997 school year.
Blair submitted his resignation letter to the Times on May 1, 2003, and later it was discovered that he had faked quotes and even entire interviews, plagiarized from other newspapers, and submitted false expense records to deceive the paper about his whereabouts.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jayson_Blair   (1568 words)

 Online NewsHour | Credibility in Question | Jayson Blair: A Case Study of What Went Wrong at The New York Times
Jayson Blair joined The New York Times summer internship program in June 1998 after a Times recruiter visited the University of Maryland where Blair was editor-in-chief of the school's independent student newspaper, The Diamondback.
Blair advanced quickly, not only because of his skill but, according to findings of an internal report commissioned after the incident by Times editors, because he may have become favored as part of a "star system" that advanced some reporters close to then-executive editor Howell Raines.
Blair's editor Jonathan Landman told the Siegal committee -- a committee of 25 staffers and three outside journalists led by assistant managing editor Allan Siegal -- he felt the fact that Blair was African-American played a large part in his initial promotion to full-time staffer.
www.pbs.org /newshour/media/media_ethics/casestudy_blair.php   (1979 words)

 The making of Jayson Blair - baltimoresun.com
Blair, identified as a member of the class of 1997, is the third and youngest.
Blair declined several requests to be interviewed for this article, saying he was reserving his story until the memoir's release.
A review of Blair's years at the University of Maryland offers glimpses of a young man whose intelligence, drive and charisma were offset by erratic behavior and a propensity for skirting the rules.
www.baltimoresun.com /features/arts/bal-as.blair23,0,3313659.story   (1171 words)

 The One Who Got Caught | keithboykin.com
Most journalists I have met are careful and scrupulous in their reporting, but what Jayson Blair unwittingly did was to expose a culture of problems in journalism that needed to be discussed.
Blair also forgot that they never stop looking for flaws and errors in his work so he decides to give them ample reasons on a silver platter to come after his stupid ass.
Jayson Blair is going to take most of the blame and rightfully so, but the editorial staff also has some explaining to do.
www.keithboykin.com /arch/000735.html   (2193 words)

 Jayson Blair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Jayson Blair (born 1976) is a former New York Times The New York Times quick summary:
Blair (not having been to their home in fact) wouldn't have known that, EHandler: no quick summary.
Public editor is an editorial position established by the new york times in response to the jayson blair scandal....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/j/ja/jayson_blair.htm   (1878 words)

 CNN.com - New York Times: Reporter routinely faked articles - May. 11, 2003
Blair started as an intern who was promoted to a full-time job covering police and eventually covered such high-profile stories as the Washington-area sniper investigation and the homecoming of rescued prisoner of war Pfc.
Blair's editors never asked him to identify the sources, the Times reported, and the paper concedes that the article, which drew fire from federal officials at the time, was flawed.
Blair's expense reports also did not raise a red flag at the Times, despite the fact that he did not submit a single receipt for a hotel room, rental car or airplane ticket during a five-month period when he purportedly filed stories from 20 cities in six states, the Times reported.
edition.cnn.com /2003/US/Northeast/05/10/ny.times.reporter   (1015 words)

 washingtonpost.com: More Reporting By Times Writer Called Suspect
Jayson Blair, the New York Times reporter who resigned last week after plagiarizing a story about a woman whose son died in Iraq, never talked to two other soldiers' parents he quoted in separate articles, the parents said in interviews this week.
Blair also appeared to lift a passage from the previous day's New York Daily News, which quoted Sloan as saying of his son: "His thinking to join the Army was altruistic in a sense that he was bettering his own self while serving his country." Blair's piece contains the identical quote.
Blair, a former editor of the University of Maryland's student paper and a freelance reporter for The Post in 1996 and 1997, boasted to the City Paper about his scoops last fall.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A27658-2003May7?language=printer   (1504 words)

 Jayson Blair and Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show
BLAIR: I haven't read that review, but I would argue that the reviewer probably, you know, didn't pay a lot of attention to the facts in the--or--or one fact in the book, which is that I take full responsibility for my actions.
BLAIR: It became easier as it went on, and this is where I get back to the point that these are clearly character flaws.
BLAIR: Well, some journalists have been able to look at the story and read the story and, you know, step back from who they are as journalists and, you know, get some greater understanding of the situation.
www.jayson-blair.com /InterviewTranscripts/20040308_MattLauer.html   (1427 words)

 CNN.com - New York Times: Ex-reporter faces fraud inquiry - May. 13, 2003
Jayson Blair quit his job at The New York Times after allegations of plagiarism were raised.
New York Times reporter Jayson Blair resigned amid accusations that much of his reporting was fabricated and plagiarized.
Blair, who started as an intern, was appointed to a full-time job covering police and was promoted to the national desk despite concerns about the accuracy of his work.
www.cnn.com /2003/US/Northeast/05/13/ny.times.investigation   (668 words)

 CNN.com - Jayson Blair says NYT still lax - Mar 10, 2004
Blair resigned from the Times on May 1, 2003, after a Texas newspaper questioned whether he had plagiarized its article about the family of a soldier missing in Iraq.
Blair said he describes in his book several instances when Times reporters duped the paper in similar fashion as he did.
Blair said he is unsure how large of a role race was in the scandal.
www.cnn.com /2004/SHOWBIZ/books/03/09/blair.interview   (682 words)

 Jayson Blair Case
"Jayson Blair, the disgraced New York Times reporter who resigned after a string of fabricated stories, has sparked a debate on diversity when the real issue is poor management.
The model on the track this week is Jayson Blair, who teaches us much more about the whites that he cons than about the fls that he holds in contempt." Read the column
Blair was seated in The Washington Times' newsroom with his feet propped up on a desk and he was leaning back.
www.trottergroup.com /jayson_blair.htm   (1051 words)

 Amazon.com: Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times: Books: Jayson Blair   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blair claims that Metro desk editor Jonathan Landman, who first cast doubts on his reporting, wrote in an internal note that "minority candidates [for hiring] were always sub-par compared to others." Then there's the bartering of news coverage for favors.
Blair says that for years he suffered from alcohol and cocaine addiction (he's been sober since early 2002) and from depression, then manic depression, that led him, during his last days at the Times, into psychosis and a suicide attempt described here in detail.
Jayson Blair may be incapable of realizing this - and he certainly does not in his book - but few newspapers would have allowed him a future after Metro Editor Jon Landman's famous memo (to the effect that Blair needed to stop "writing for the Times.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/193240726X?v=glance   (2586 words)

 Valley of the Geeks - Jayson Blair Witch Hunt
Blair voluntarily gave up his post when it was discovered that he had plagiarized an interview with an alien from Planet X that had allegedly kidnapped New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Blair insists this was for a story that he published but declined to provide further details.
In the latest news surrounding Jayson Blair, the former New York Times reporter has signed an exclusive contract with Doubledeal Books for a purported six figure advance on the rights to his forthcoming biography entitled "Roots." Mr.
www.valleyofthegeeks.com /News/NYT.html   (561 words)

 The Black Commentator - The Blair Affair: A Punishing Bias - Issue 43
Their transgressions were not linked to race and, unlike Blair who may now be the subject of a criminal investigation, some of them have managed to survive their misdeeds.
And unlike with Blair, Barnicle was appropriately viewed as an individual, not a representative of his race.
Blair was certainly not the only 20-something reporter at the Times, nor the only one to be hired as a reporter after proving himself as an intern or news clerk.
www.blackcommentator.com /43/43_guest_2.html   (1655 words)

Blair has returned to college full-time where he is completing the final courses toward a B.A. in Business Communication and has begun taking courses toward a M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Blair and his parents, Thomas and Frances Blair, have taken a strong interest in mental health issues and have supported mental health programs in Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut and New York City.
Blair founded Azure Entertainment in 2003 to handle a number of publishing projects, including website design and manuscript writing.
www.jayson-blair.com   (589 words)

 The Jayson Blair Project. By Jack Shafer
In the case of Blair, who is fl, observers such as Mickey Kaus speculate that affirmative action may have pushed Blair to a position of responsibility before he was ready for it.
My guess is that Blair made stuff up because he didn't know how to wheedle gossip out of prosecutors and cops, he didn't know how to put two and two together and make the next call to find news, and he didn't know how to take notes and report the facts straight.
Blair, like Glass, Cooke, Smith, and Forman, got away with making things up for as long as he did because journalism is built on trust.
www.slate.com /id/2082741   (835 words)

 Roger Clegg on New York Times & Jayson Blair on National Review Online
Blair was likely benefiting from double, lowered standards before he came to the Times.
In the late 1990s, when Blair was attending the University of Maryland, the median SAT verbal score of fl enrollees was 60 points lower there than the median white score, and the SAT math score gap was 110 points.
But of course there is little doubt that Blair would never have been hired in the first place but for his race, and he certainly would have been fired long ago.
www.nationalreview.com /clegg/clegg051303.asp   (623 words)

 My Times
Jayson had sent word through Lena Williams, the Newspaper Guild's Unit Chair, that he would no longer talk to anyone at the Times, because he was upset that his integrity was being questioned.
I passed Jayson's desk often after his return, and I saw in him a level of vitality and social engagement that I took to be evidence of recovery.
The committee had broadened its inquiry beyond Jayson Blair to include questions of newsroom management and communication, but its conclusions were a hymn to the old status quo, drafted by the very people who most strongly resisted the idea of a more vigorous and inclusive way of producing the paper.
www.theatlantic.com /issues/2004/05/raines.htm   (18908 words)

 New York Daily News - City News - Scary, but true: The Blair Get-Rich Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Blair's choice is literary agency David Vigliano Associates, a source told the Daily News last night.
Faraone, who specializes in the television business, was a source for Blair when he covered the subject for The Times early in his career at the paper.
But even if Blair scores a book or movie mega-deal, he may not be able to keep the cash.
www.nydailynews.com /news/local/story/83760p-76588c.html   (438 words)

 Defending Howell Raines. By Jack Shafer
But when Sullivan goes on and on about how the Blair scandal isn't about "an overwhelmed, twenty-something young reporter" but "how he wasn't stopped, and despite crystal-clear warnings, was actually promoted at the behest of the highest authorities in the place: Gerald Boyd and Howell Raines," one can only offer two words: Ruth Shalit.
That Blair hoodwinked Cauchon, as doubting a skeptic as you'll ever meet, proves to me how unwilling we all are to believe that a trusted reporter would lie, lie again, and lie some more.
The obvious parallels between the Jayson Blair caper and the spy escapades of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen should sober the gotcha patrol currently buzz-bombing Howell Raines.
www.slate.com /id/2082896   (1743 words)

 The forbidden truth about Jayson Blair - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Today, in the wake of the newspaper's sprawling scandal involving disgraced reporter Jayson Blair, a rising fl star in the newsroom who perpetrated journalistic fraud on a massive scale while working under editors who were at best inattentive, the Times finds itself struggling with the issue of race in its own newsroom.
One of the many ironies in the Blair story is that it's damaging the reputation of a newspaper that has a history of championing civil rights.
Right now." Says Dwyer: "Anybody who says nothing was done is reading right over the inconvenient fact that Jayson Blair was shut down [in the spring of 2002] and brought within an inch of being fired and put on a probation that he worked himself out of.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2003/05/15/nytimes/index_np.html   (1527 words)

 Narco News: Jayson Blair Cracked the Code
Jayson Blair should now write a manual: “Steal This Newspaper.” He gave new meaning to the newsroom term “phoning it in.” He would plagiarize material from other media, and sometimes claim, including to readers, that he was in Texas, or Maryland, or Ohio, when, it seems, he was, says the Times now, somewhere in Brooklyn.
Blair pulled details out of thin air in his coverage of one of the biggest stories to come from the war, the capture and rescue of Pfc.
Jayson Blair is today’s scapegoat not because he was dishonest, but, rather, because he did not follow the institutionalized instructions on precisely how to be dishonest, and, above all, because he got caught.
www.narconews.com /Issue30/article781.html   (3583 words)

 Jayson Blair: The full story
Welcome to Jayson Blair.com: This site has been up since a couple of days after the New York Times printed an extraordinary 7,500 article outlining how one of its reporters had consistently and comprehensively lied in his articles over several years.
It is now March 2004, and the Jayson Blair story continues to create trouble.
With Jayson's book due imminently detailing his side of the whole affair and with his name synonymous with falsifying information, it is clear that Jayson Blair is a case that will have lifelong implications.
www.jaysonblair.com   (348 words)

 The New York Times's Meltdown
Blair's editors were alarmed, but not all of them were surprised.
Blair had written about 700 stories for the Times since leaving the University of Maryland (from which, unbeknownst to his future employers, he did not graduate).
Blair is now the target of a U.S. attorney's investigation, the Times announced last week.
weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/691dnacb.asp   (616 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Don't blame diversity for Jayson Blair
In last fall's Washington sniper case, Blair reported that a U.S. attorney had abruptly halted an interrogation of suspect John Muhammad just as he was about to confess.
Blair's string of lies finally unraveled when editors of the San Antonio Express-News complained that he had plagiarized its account of a Texas woman whose son had been found in Iraq.
Blair did not screw up and get away with it because he was fl.
worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32610   (668 words)

 A Different Drummer Commentary: Nicholas Stix
Blair's Times supervisors and Maryland professors emphasize that he earned an internship at The Times because of glowing recommendations and a remarkable work history, not because he is fl.
At every step of Jayson Blair's career, he engaged in unprofessional behavior, and often lacked the necessary qualifications for the job he was given, factors which would have disqualified him from being hired or gotten him fired, had he been white.
Blair was promoted to full-time reporter with the consensus of a recruiting committee of roughly half a dozen people headed by Gerald M. Boyd, then a deputy managing editor, and the approval of Mr.
geocities.com /nstix/blairi.html   (3685 words)

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