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Former NY Times Reporter Jayson Blair to Address W&L Journalism Ethics Institute
Rockbridge Weekly ^ | October | Staff

Posted on 10/27/2009 11:31:22 AM PDT by abb

Jayson Blair, who was at the center of a major journalism scandal as a New York Times reporter in 2003, will be the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University’s 48th Journalism Ethics Institute on Friday, Nov. 6.

The title of Blair’s talk is “Lessons Learned.” The public is invited to the presentation at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

Blair resigned from the Times after an investigation found that he had plagiarized and fabricated major portions of stories that he had written during four years with the Times. Some of the stories that he covered in this manner were such major news events as the D.C. sniper case and the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch.

“Inviting Jayson Blair to keynote this institute was definitely a departure for us,” said Edward Wasserman, the Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics at W&L. “In the past, we've brought heroes to Lexington, people of great accomplishment and stature, such as Hodding Carter, Helen Thomas and Lowell Bergman, and people who stood up to pressure in the name of principled journalism, such as Matt Cooper and my W&L faculty colleague Toni Locy, both of whom faced jail time because they refused to give up the names of sources they had promised to protect.

“Jayson Blair, on the other hand, was at the center of one of the signature journalism scandals of this still-new century, and there's no way to imagine that his role in it was heroic,” Wasserman continued. “When I approached him with the invitation, he said that although he has not spoken publicly about the affair that led to his dismissal from the New York Times, this might be the right time and right occasion. My expectation is that he'll talk not just about his own susceptibilities, but about the pressures and temptations that might induce ambitious and talented young journalists elsewhere in the business to do the wrong thing.”

Blair, 33, attended the University of Maryland where he majored in journalism and was editor-in-chief of the Diamondback, the student newspaper, during the 1996-97 academic year. He had a summer internship with the Times in 1998 and was offered an extended internship which eventually turned into a full-time reporting position. For the past two years, Blair has worked as a certified life coach, specializing in attention deficit disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse disorders.

The W&L Journalism Ethics Institutes, held twice each year, bring to campus top media professional and academics for two days of seminars with students from the University’s capstone journalism ethics class. The sessions deal with case studies of ethical dilemmas that the practicing journalists present.

In addition to Wasserman, media professionals and academics attending include Caesar Andrews, Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor in Journalism at W&L; Jon Carras, producer, CBS Sunday Morning; Michael Getler, ombudsman, PBS News; Arlene Notoro Morgan, associate dean of prizes and programs at Columbia University School of Journalism; John Watson, associate professor in the American University School of Communication; Reed Williams, reporter with the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and Corinna Zarek, Freedom of Information Director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: blair; dbm; ethics; highereducation; jaysonblair; journalism; newspapers; nytimes; virginia; washingtonandlee
It don't get any better than this...
1 posted on 10/27/2009 11:31:23 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 10/27/2009 11:31:53 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

At W&L? This is a joke, right?


3 posted on 10/27/2009 11:33:06 AM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: abb
another onion story..
4 posted on 10/27/2009 11:33:21 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: abb

Just get Michael Moore to address an anorexic psychiatric ward and Rachel Maddow to host a panel on fashion and we’ll have the trifecta!


5 posted on 10/27/2009 11:33:28 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: abb
I had to check twice to make sure this wasn't from The Onion.

And what exactly is a 'certified life coach'?

6 posted on 10/27/2009 11:33:52 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker
And what exactly is a 'certified life coach'?

Professional Bullsh!t Artist.

7 posted on 10/27/2009 11:34:50 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

This abounds with riches. He works as a “certified life coach.” Being paid to tell
people how to screw up the chance of a lifetime, no doubt.


8 posted on 10/27/2009 11:35:16 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Hoodat

I think this is the same kind of mindset that gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize.


9 posted on 10/27/2009 11:38:02 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: abb

Ward Churchill was unavailable...


10 posted on 10/27/2009 11:38:12 AM PDT by Flightdeck (Go Longhorns)
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To: abb

I’m not surprised when you consider that journalism is a dying occupation. Now they call them Bloggers.


11 posted on 10/27/2009 11:38:17 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: abb

Glad he’s at W&L and not my neighboring alma mater.


12 posted on 10/27/2009 11:40:21 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Everybody says they have a plan, until they get punched in the face. - Mike Tyson)
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To: abb; neverdem
I will listen (read) carefully.

Skeptically. But will not prejudge what will be said, what should be said, and who MUST be condemned (other than racist journalism professors...)

13 posted on 10/27/2009 11:40:56 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: abb
people of great accomplishment and stature, such as ...Helen Thomas

Still wiping the coffee off my keyboard.

14 posted on 10/27/2009 11:42:27 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: All; Doctor Raoul; kristinn

Do we need to send Doctor Raoul and Kristinn down to FReep this one?


15 posted on 10/27/2009 11:43:00 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: domenad
"Just get Michael Moore to address an anorexic psychiatric ward and Rachel Maddow to host a panel on fashion and we’ll have the trifecta!"

Better yet, have Janeane Garofalo host the panel on fashion and Maddow can host the panel on heterosexuality...

16 posted on 10/27/2009 11:43:39 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Chris Wallace: " This White House is full of crybabies.")
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To: abb

“Lessons learned.”

Don’t get caught.


17 posted on 10/27/2009 11:45:21 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: La Lydia

Recenty,Mr.Blair gave me some good life advise.He told me
to super size my meal.I must admit the advise was correct.
The fries were great!


18 posted on 10/27/2009 11:46:19 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: abb

...and John Edwards to address the Marriage Encounters groups.............


19 posted on 10/27/2009 11:52:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Flightdeck

...or Dan Rather :)


20 posted on 10/27/2009 11:55:07 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: abb

So, what evidence is there, from Blair’s response/statement to Wasserman, that he’s prepared to tell the truth?

“When I approached him with the invitation, he said that although he has not spoken publicly about the affair that led to his dismissal from the New York Times, this might be the right time and right occasion. My expectation is that he’ll talk not just about his own susceptibilities, but about the pressures and temptations that might induce ambitious and talented young journalists elsewhere in the business to do the wrong thing.”

Since he hasn’t talked publicly in any earlier venue, how does Wasserman know that Blair is prepared to ‘tell all’?

What if just continues to be what he always was - a pathological liar?


21 posted on 10/27/2009 11:55:12 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: WL-law

Maybe he and Dan Rather could tour together.


22 posted on 10/27/2009 11:58:57 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Maybe he and Dan Rather could tour together.

Won't happen... Neither of these two flaming narcissists would be willing to accept second billing...

the infowarrior

23 posted on 10/27/2009 12:02:21 PM PDT by infowarrior
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To: abb

The “Journalist Ethics Institute” is probably a very small group. Who else belongs OJ Simpson?


24 posted on 10/27/2009 12:04:21 PM PDT by charles1252
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To: abb

Next up, Iranian “President” Ahmadinejad on nuclear disarmament...


25 posted on 10/27/2009 12:09:44 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: abb

Amazing. Anywhere else, a disgraced liar and fraud would be blacklisted from the industry but, on the Liberal Left, they are promoted and celebrated.


26 posted on 10/27/2009 12:13:20 PM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: Lurker
And what exactly is a 'certified life coach'?

The #1 rated work at home internet employment scams of 2009
27 posted on 10/27/2009 12:13:58 PM PDT by boxerblues
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To: abb
“In the past, we've brought heroes to Lexington, people of great accomplishment and stature, such as Hodding Carter, Helen Thomas...

GAAAHHHH!!!!
The only positive difference Helen Thomas has ever made in anyone's life is make this guy look good by comparison.


28 posted on 10/27/2009 12:19:08 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: abb
Wiki:"Jayson Blair is the son of a federal executive...."

Pretty much explains the propensity toward playing fast & loose with the truth.

Jayson Blair appears to have been a overly ambitious, self-indulgent, (but talented) kid who was allowed by his superiors at the NYT to cut every corner and run amok. It's easy to blame him alone, but his editors are the ones who I think really deserve the scorn. They continued to reward him for his misbehavior in spite of warning bells going off all over the place which they continually ignored. Blair had youth, alcohol and drugs as an excuse -- what was their excuse?

29 posted on 10/27/2009 12:29:38 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
Blair had youth, alcohol and drugs as an excuse -- what was their excuse?

Their excuse was this: "We're the New York Times! We decide what is and isn't news!"

30 posted on 10/27/2009 12:32:28 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Blair got caught too early.

If it were now he’d win a Nobel.


31 posted on 10/27/2009 12:45:30 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
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To: abb

Why not, we have a president who won the Nobel Peace Prize despite not having done one single thing in foreign policy other than make speeches.


32 posted on 10/27/2009 1:26:26 PM PDT by BJClinton (Any "healthcare reform" without tort reform is a fraud.)
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To: Hoodat

Yeah, right? And who says irony is dead?


33 posted on 10/27/2009 4:57:00 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: abb

Is he going to announce the winner of the Dan Rather professionalism award.


34 posted on 10/27/2009 5:07:50 PM PDT by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: abb
“Inviting Jayson Blair to keynote this institute was definitely a departure for us,” said Edward Wasserman...

A departure from sanity ...

35 posted on 10/27/2009 6:17:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (We knew more about Joe the Plumber in 24 hours than we did about Obama in 24 months-nascarnation)
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To: abb
“Inviting Jayson Blair to keynote this institute was definitely a departure for us,” said Edward Wasserman...

A departure from sanity ...

36 posted on 10/27/2009 6:18:25 PM PDT by GOPJ (We knew more about Joe the Plumber in 24 hours than we did about Obama in 24 months-nascarnation)
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To: abb
A point to ponder after midnight -- Is it ethical to take money for a speech about ethics if you have not ethics?
37 posted on 10/27/2009 9:11:41 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Joe Wilson!)
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To: Tribune7

“It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.”


38 posted on 10/28/2009 2:32:03 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."

That's plagiarism, pal.
And because your're a righty? Deserving of the full penalty of the law: banned, forrrrrrrrrever!

No lecture circuit for you though, that right-wing association, y'know? Sorry. LOL!!

Now had you said, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'ethics is.'?
It'd be an entirely different matter. LOL!!

39 posted on 10/28/2009 3:40:38 AM PDT by Landru (COME & GET ME, COPPERS!!)
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To: abb

Certified Life Coach? WTF!


40 posted on 10/28/2009 4:21:40 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Ducks! BCS or bust.)
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