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NY TIMES SET TO SLAM JAYSON BLAIR 'TELL ALL'
Drudge Report ^ | March 7, 2004

Posted on 03/07/2004 8:40:57 PM PST by RWR8189

XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN MAR 7, 2004 22:10:18 ET XXXXX

NY TIMES SET TO SLAM JAYSON BLAIR 'TELL ALL'

The NEW YORK TIMES is set to trash disgraced former reporter Jayson Blair's alleged tell-all account behind the journalism scandal that rocked the Old Gray Lady and forced the resignations of Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd in the Summer of '03.

"Should you believe anything written by a serial liar?" Jack Shafer, on loan from Slate.com, begins his dissection of 'Burning Down My Master's House' -- a review that is set for publication next week in the TIMES esteemed book section.

From there Shafer unleashes a barrage of insults including the assesment that "Burning Down My Master's House" is a "shoddily written and filibustering book."

"Far from solving the Jayson Blair enigma," Shafer writes, "this sloppy, padded and dishonest work only adds to his growing word count of lies."

More snippets:

"...contrition is a dish served not at all in this memoir."

"From the heights of confession, Blair rappels down Mount Excuse, blaming everybody but himself for his offenses."

"It appears that Blair has always been a thief, something 'Burning Down My Master's House' neglects to mention."

"Every con man loves his con, and few are as lucky as Blair to enshrine their version in book form."

"The Times is a flawed, human institution that deserved every brick tossed at it except this one. Jayson Blair is a confessed con man, and 'Burning Down My Master's House' is just another installment in his ongoing con."

Developing...




TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bookreview; drudge; jaysonblair; mymastershouse; nyt

1 posted on 03/07/2004 8:40:58 PM PST by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189
Yeahhhhhhhhhhh... and what's changed at The Gray Lady since Jayson Blair's forced depature?
2 posted on 03/07/2004 8:42:29 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RWR8189
He probably stole someones elses book on the topic......
3 posted on 03/07/2004 8:42:40 PM PST by Feiny (Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.)
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To: RWR8189
I was appalled that Katie Couric had him on and interviwed him,giving him free publicity for his book.

He's a pathological liar and should be ignored.A very strange,arrogant con man.
4 posted on 03/07/2004 8:44:35 PM PST by Mears
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To: goldstategop
The New York times has also tightened up its rules on articles using anonymous sources. Amoung other things, someone on the editorial staff must know the reporter's anonymous source. That is most excellent. Many anonymous sources are just spin artists.
5 posted on 03/07/2004 8:44:49 PM PST by Torie
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To: RWR8189
will the times put it on their bestseller list? hmmm?

Woo hoo!

6 posted on 03/07/2004 8:48:15 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Remember, God made you special and He loves you very much!)
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To: Torie
Do you really trust liberals to tell the truth? I don't think the atmosphere at the NYT has changed all that much even if they tightened a rule here and there. Its worldview is till monochromatic Democrat.
7 posted on 03/07/2004 8:49:01 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Of course The Times will remain the preeminent liberal paper of record. The issue is whether they cheat or just advocate. I think they are making reasonable efforts to cut out the cheating and the spin without full disclosure. We shall see.
8 posted on 03/07/2004 8:51:06 PM PST by Torie
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To: goldstategop
But now they got a special team to study conservatives!

Obviously they're making strides toward being fair and balanced.

[/sarcasm]
9 posted on 03/07/2004 8:51:37 PM PST by RWR8189 (Its Morning in America Again!)
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To: Torie
They cheat by omission, that is the main vehicle for liberal bias in newsprint and photo journalism with the Bush recent ad campaign being a prime example of same.
10 posted on 03/07/2004 8:53:07 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Mears
A very strange,arrogant con man.

...who should be in jail. Is it too late to press charges. He defrauded the TIMES out of money, that would be a good start.

11 posted on 03/07/2004 8:53:20 PM PST by Hildy (A kiss is the unborn child knocking at the door.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
I won't be buying it. My guess is that the NYT has a stake in this book and is trying to stir up publicity, a.k.a. The Passion of the Christ.

A book written by a liar about the liars he worked for. Big deal.

12 posted on 03/07/2004 8:55:09 PM PST by Kowdawg
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To: jwalsh07
Ya what is covered, and what is not, and where, is the prime source of bias. Just switch back and forth between CBS news and Foxnews. It is amazing to "see" it in action. But in this day and age, with so many voices being heard, I think that it is grand. Bias is called out rapidly on the internet, and the blogs, and it is a restraining force on the rich and powerful media. America is a more perfect democracy as a result.
13 posted on 03/07/2004 8:58:01 PM PST by Torie
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To: RWR8189
In the immortal words of Jerrold "the Hut" Nadler I paraphrase "I detect a scent of Racism". But that's just me.
14 posted on 03/07/2004 8:59:12 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: jwalsh07
And to think a regular on NPR trashed the J'accuse on the Bush ads. I see some positive trends. But then I tend to be an optimist.
15 posted on 03/07/2004 8:59:36 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
Not yet bu we're working on it. Bloggers only appeal to bloggees.

The overwhlming majority of folk still get their news from Dan, Tom and that Canadian idiot.

16 posted on 03/07/2004 9:00:07 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: RWR8189
This is exactly what Bernard Goldberg says they will do when someone exposes them.
17 posted on 03/07/2004 9:00:41 PM PST by Betaille (The city put the country back in me)
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To: Torie
And to think a regular on NPR trashed the J'accuse on the Bush ads. I see some positive trends. But then I tend to be an optimist.

And who might that be? Certainly not Bill Moyers. :-}

18 posted on 03/07/2004 9:01:33 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Their is a leach back from the blogs. That was my point. One can't go too far into bias territory, without having to deal with throwback.
19 posted on 03/07/2004 9:02:40 PM PST by Torie
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To: jwalsh07
No, not Bill Moyers. It was one of their house media critics, who took some pains to make clear he was not a Bush admirer, which made it all the more effective.
20 posted on 03/07/2004 9:04:17 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
Good point, I missed it.
21 posted on 03/07/2004 9:06:00 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: goldstategop
"Its worldview is till monochromatic Democrat."

You've pretty much nailed it.

22 posted on 03/07/2004 9:08:08 PM PST by davisfh
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To: RWR8189
"The Times is a flawed, human institution that deserved every brick tossed at it except this one."

No, the former "paper of record" deseves this one, too. The NY Times was Blair's willing enabler, just as the paper was, and continues to be, the enabler of the lying Democrat party. So now they want to beat up Blair? Only because he got caught.

23 posted on 03/07/2004 9:14:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: RWR8189
Affirmative action forced the Times hire that clown. They should accept responsibility for it and just move on. Ignoring the problem isn't going to buy them credibility, neither is attacking it head on. They're liberal biased now, and into the future, until they show some serious change.
24 posted on 03/07/2004 9:41:25 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is Communism one drink at a time. - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Torie
After the crap I read by Nicholas Kristof (one piece of 'investigative journalism' of which took place in my state) and Fox Butterfield on gun issues, I can't see the cheating ending any time soon.

At least my local liberal rag just advocates. I haven't caught any cheating there yet.

25 posted on 03/07/2004 9:56:41 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (""....but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America"")
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To: Dan from Michigan
You should post a vanity on it, or on this thread or something. This site benefits from those knowledgeable about an issue in detail, even if they have, or the horror, bias!
26 posted on 03/07/2004 9:58:40 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
It was at least a year and a half ago. I picked it apart then. I wish I remembered the title. Trying to google it.
27 posted on 03/07/2004 10:07:51 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (""....but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America"")
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To: RWR8189
Blair looked very shaky with Katy Couric the other night, lips purple in the way an alcoholic's lips get purple, soft hands somewhat tremulous. He is a man off the rails, in crisis, and, from what I could see, completely untrustworthy. A perpetual adolescent in the way so many Americans are these days.
28 posted on 03/08/2004 12:08:44 AM PST by beckett
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To: RWR8189
Should you believe anything written by a serial liar?

I think the correct answer is: Yes, if he works for the New York Slimes.

However, since that rag has a proven track record of hiring serial liars, the more pertinent question seems to be: should you believe anything written by Jack Shafer?

29 posted on 03/08/2004 9:39:02 PM PST by John Locke
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