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THE BLAIR SWITCH PROJECT (journo fraud lives in basement, finds "salvation")
NY POST ^ | 11/14/04 | KEITH J. KELLY

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: ethicallydevoid; fabricator; jaysonblair; liar; mymastershouse; signofthetimes
Mnookin.... said he still doesn't understand the man who brought the Gray Lady to its knees.......and that he's shown is that he's hard to get a handle on....."When I did the Newsweek interview, he seemed incredibly remorseful, and then he did the Observer interview and seemed to have no remorse at all."

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.

1 posted on 11/14/2004 4:39:51 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz; All
Lest anyone forget the history of this little con artist:

-The Old Grey Info-Slut... the NYT/Jayson Blair Affair--

2 posted on 11/14/2004 4:44:22 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Liz

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.


3 posted on 11/14/2004 4:47:15 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Liz

Had he truly found God, my inclination is to think he would be rather more subdued about it.

Regards, Ivan


4 posted on 11/14/2004 4:48:09 AM PST by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: Liz
Sounds like a totally changed man......I for one believe him.

BTW I bought the Brooklyn Bridge dirt cheap yesterday. Want in?

5 posted on 11/14/2004 4:49:31 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: Liz

"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. "


6 posted on 11/14/2004 4:50:10 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: MadIvan

That's exactly what I thought and as I read on believe you are right.


7 posted on 11/14/2004 4:50:52 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Liz
That's because Jayson is a compulsive liar

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.

8 posted on 11/14/2004 4:52:22 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Liz
She moved to Miami to work for the Kerry campaign.

yeah, lie at the times or work on the kerry campaign...it's all the same...no biggie..

9 posted on 11/14/2004 4:54:36 AM PST by wildwood
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To: Liz; Howlin
His girlfriend (also former Times employee) left him to go work on the Kerry campaign! You just can't go much lower, eh?!?

LOSERS all.....

10 posted on 11/14/2004 4:55:07 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Liz
"She moved to Miami to work for the Kerry campaign."

Uh huh.

11 posted on 11/14/2004 4:58:25 AM PST by spodefly (I've posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: DainBramage

No kidding?

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?


12 posted on 11/14/2004 5:08:54 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: MadIvan; Just mythoughts
Had he truly found God, my inclination is to think he would be rather more subdued about it.

Amen.

13 posted on 11/14/2004 5:10:08 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: Liz

Jayson needs to get his resume over to CBS. There's a rumor that an anchor job will be opening up.


14 posted on 11/14/2004 5:10:40 AM PST by ReadyNow (When you see the eye, expect a lie!)
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To: Liz
"Had he truly found God, my inclination is to think he would be rather more subdued about it."

"Amen."


I have to lol as I watch the liberals get 'God'. Hardest part of their new script will be presenting themselves as 'humble'.

That is not something one fakes and it is required, acceptance of Whom is ultimately in control.
15 posted on 11/14/2004 5:17:36 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: nmh

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!


16 posted on 11/14/2004 5:25:04 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: MadIvan

By their works you shall know them.


17 posted on 11/14/2004 5:25:57 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: nmh

He will probably be visiting churches across the country, telling about his life....for a small donation for his "ministries" of course.


18 posted on 11/14/2004 5:28:18 AM PST by rudyudy
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To: Just mythoughts
"I have to lol as I watch the liberals get 'God'. Hardest part of their new script will be presenting themselves as 'humble'."

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.

19 posted on 11/14/2004 5:29:14 AM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: Liz
"........"We're not together any more," he said. "She moved to Miami to work for the Kerry campaign."

Seems she has a talent for picking losers.

20 posted on 11/14/2004 5:34:41 AM PST by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: nmh
"funny how he had to announce that he "found God"

I never even knew God was lost. Why wasn't there a thread?

21 posted on 11/14/2004 5:35:37 AM PST by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: ReadyNow
Jayson needs to get his resume over to CBS. There's a rumor that an anchor job will be opening up.

Unless Bill O'Reilley already snagged the post.

22 posted on 11/14/2004 5:36:18 AM PST by Tulsa Brian ("Be good and you will be lonesome.." Mark Twain)
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To: ReadyNow

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.


23 posted on 11/14/2004 5:37:47 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: sweetliberty

Maybe Jayson could save himself by writing a how-to on being a loser......"Losing for Dummies."


24 posted on 11/14/2004 5:39:58 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: martin_fierro

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."


25 posted on 11/14/2004 5:41:00 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: rudyudy
"He will probably be visiting churches across the country, telling about his life....for a small donation for his "ministries" of course."

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.

26 posted on 11/14/2004 5:41:38 AM PST by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: LibertarianInExile
Best part of the article (besides that) is how his girlfriend QUIT...

Trading one loser for another?

27 posted on 11/14/2004 5:54:13 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: sweetliberty

I'll thank you not to use "Jesse Jackass" and "laid" in the same sentence (bigtime huff).


28 posted on 11/14/2004 6:27:03 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: Liz
Oops! My bad.
29 posted on 11/14/2004 6:28:58 AM PST by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: libs_kma
......the Klintonistas........"find God" (and) see that Churches get donations......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.....

So I guess this means Dims will not call for lifitng the tax-exempt status of churches?

30 posted on 11/14/2004 6:30:32 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: sweetliberty

Yeah, God has been sitting in the Lost and Found unclaimed for months now.


31 posted on 11/14/2004 6:31:30 AM PST by thoughtomator (The Era of Old Media is over! Long live the Pajamasphere!)
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To: sweetliberty

You just better watch it, m/s/ister.


32 posted on 11/14/2004 6:32:02 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: thoughtomator
"God has been sitting in the Lost and Found unclaimed for months now."

.

.

Who'da thought?

33 posted on 11/14/2004 6:35:01 AM PST by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: Liz
He's trying to get the paperback rights back, he said, so he can reissue it and correct some of the mistakes. Now THAT'S funny!
34 posted on 11/14/2004 6:38:23 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Liberalism: The irrational fear of self reliance.)
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To: Liz

"Journalist" Blair interviewed by "Journalist" King.

Oooh, bet that one was a real eye-opener (yawwwn).

35 posted on 11/14/2004 7:44:08 AM PST by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro

I wonder how many telephone books they had to put under Jayson to keep him in camera-range.


36 posted on 11/14/2004 8:29:34 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

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.


37 posted on 11/14/2004 8:31:52 AM PST by Liz (The man who establishes the reputation of rising at dawn, can sleep til noon.)
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To: sweetliberty

:)


38 posted on 11/14/2004 3:45:40 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: rudyudy

Yeah and to boost his book sales.


39 posted on 11/14/2004 3:46:05 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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