Skip to comments.THE BLAIR SWITCH PROJECT (journo fraud lives in basement, finds "salvation")
Posted on 11/14/2004 4:39:51 AM PST by Liz
Jayson Blair, the diminutive ex-journalist who shook up the mighty New York Times when his serial plagiarism was revealed last year, has all but evaporated from public view.
Now seeing a psychiatrist and a psychologist and working out of a basement office in his parents' home in Centreville, Va., he says he has found God and thinks he has a calling other than journalism although he's not sure what it is yet.
The one thing that hasn't changed is his compulsive reading habit. And on his bedside table these days is Seth Mnookin's chronicle of the Times debacle, "Hard Times."
"Seth is the Kenneth Starr-type prosecutor of Howell Raines," Blair said in a phone interview. "I guess I'm the Monica Lewinsky of the story."
While Mnookin's book is heavily laced with anecdotes about the writers and editors who unearthed the scandal, Blair thinks it may have missed the more important story not surprising he feels it is his own.
Blair gives talks in the Virginia area four or five times a month, where he discusses his memoir, "Burning Down My Master's House." The book, which hit stores in May, sold poorly before the publisher, New Millennium, declared bankruptcy. He's trying to get the paperback rights back, he said, so he can reissue it and correct some of the mistakes.
"I believe there is a better purpose for me....." Blair said. "I don't think it is journalism. I got into it originally because I wanted to help people."
He still hopes his memoir will be picked up and turned into a movie.........
He split up with his girlfriend....a low-level Times employee who quit in the wake of the scandal that engulfed their lives........"We're not together any more," he said. "She moved to Miami to work for the Kerry campaign."
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
That's because Jayson is a compulsive liar.....and not a very good one, at that.
He's a rank opportunist who will do or say anything to save himself......and always at the expense of others.
That's also a good definition of a conniving liberal.
Jayson's newfound religion was no doubt hastened by the 2004 election results.
Yeah ... funny how he had to announce that he "found God". Perhaps his conscience got to him. Or maybe he wants attention for a book he will come out with. Sounds more like an opportunist to me.
Had he truly found God, my inclination is to think he would be rather more subdued about it.
BTW I bought the Brooklyn Bridge dirt cheap yesterday. Want in?
"Blair gives talks in the Virginia area four or five times a month, where he discusses his memoir, "Burning Down My Master's House." The book, which hit stores in May, sold poorly before the publisher, New Millennium, declared bankruptcy. He's trying to get the paperback rights back, he said, so he can reissue it and correct some of the mistakes. "
That's exactly what I thought and as I read on believe you are right.
I disagree. I think he is simply playing the role that was handed to him. The NYT didn't care about his stories; they cared about his skin color.
yeah, lie at the times or work on the kerry campaign...it's all the same...no biggie..
What a privilege to have a bridge-owner on the thread.
How much did they sting you for....I mean how much did you fork over?
Jayson needs to get his resume over to CBS. There's a rumor that an anchor job will be opening up.
BWA HA HA HA HA HA!
Best part of the article (besides that) is how his girlfriend QUIT...to move to Miami to work for the Kerry campaign.
Not 'was fired for her bias.' God forbid that the old grey bitch have evenhanded staff members at all. I'm sure they gave her substantial severance even though she quit!
By their works you shall know them.
He will probably be visiting churches across the country, telling about his life....for a small donation for his "ministries" of course.
If you think thats funny, just wait till you see many libs and dims "find God" between now and 2008!! But what we should really watch is to see if Church donations go up. Just a guess, but we may see a decrease in funds over the next 4 years.
It just stands to reason that when the Klintonistas start showing up in Churches to "find God", they're going to see that Churches get donations and probably some of these funds will leave with them, ala Sandy Bergers secret files and Roger Chiangs DNC funds and Hugh Rodhams "pardons for dollars" fund. Sticky fingers all, those klintonistas....but they come by that honsestly, they learned from Slick and the Beast.
Seems she has a talent for picking losers.
I never even knew God was lost. Why wasn't there a thread?
Unless Bill O'Reilley already snagged the post.
Jayson also has job offers from Home Shopping Network to do a spot on fake diamonds. And Wal-Mart wants him in East Overshoe, Arkansas, to be a Customer Service rep.
Maybe Jayson could save himself by writing a how-to on being a loser......"Losing for Dummies."
Guess who said this?
"I believe there is a better purpose for me..... I don't think it is journalism. I got into it originally because I wanted to help people."
Well, Jesse Jackass will be needing an apprentice
charlatan for his ministry soon. He is getting up there, and he can only sow division to one mob at a time. Jayson as already proven himself to be able to use his race to dupe the powerful, so the groundwork is already laid.
Trading one loser for another?
I'll thank you not to use "Jesse Jackass" and "laid" in the same sentence (bigtime huff).
So I guess this means Dims will not call for lifitng the tax-exempt status of churches?
Yeah, God has been sitting in the Lost and Found unclaimed for months now.
You just better watch it, m/s/ister.
"Journalist" Blair interviewed by "Journalist" King.
Oooh, bet that one was a real eye-opener (yawwwn).
I wonder how many telephone books they had to put under Jayson to keep him in camera-range.
A book should be written about how the publisher went bankrupt after the Jayson book debacle.
I just hope (smirk) the publisher wasn't using fancy accounting practices.
Yeah and to boost his book sales.
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