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Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
The New York Times ^ | May 11, 2003

Posted on 05/10/2003 10:29:40 AM PDT by sarcasm

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1 posted on 05/10/2003 10:29:41 AM PDT by sarcasm
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"The widespread fabrication"

Standard operating procedure at the NYT.
2 posted on 05/10/2003 10:32:14 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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When will they get to Krugman or Johnny Apple? Right after the New Yorker gets to Sy Hersh, I suppose...
3 posted on 05/10/2003 10:34:06 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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"His tools of deceit were a cellphone and a laptop computer — which allowed him to blur his true whereabouts — as well as round-the-clock access to databases of news articles from which he stole."

He didn't have to turn in receipts for his expense report?
4 posted on 05/10/2003 10:35:07 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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ROTLMAOPIMP!!!!!

This is a scathing indictment of standards and practices at the NYT. And they wonder why we hate them so for making up the news.

First CNN, now The Times. Who's next?

5 posted on 05/10/2003 10:40:08 AM PDT by kristinn ("Anti-War" Movement is in a Quagmire)
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You are going to find that much 'journalism' is actually snagged from other articles- DEBKA Stratfor to name a few, and its not just the web blogs... 'real' newspapers too. Orginal reporting is time consuming, expensive and sometimes doesn't pan out.

As long as your output is high, the managers are not going to question how you get your info.

6 posted on 05/10/2003 10:42:24 AM PDT by Dialup Llama
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Wow. LOL (Interesting that he was working on the Lynch story, which seems to change every week...maybe he's not the only "reporter" whose imagination worked overtime.)
7 posted on 05/10/2003 10:42:39 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (I'm happy, yet I'm aware of the ironic ramifications of my happiness.)
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The bottom line is the New York Times was hosted on its own petard, the politically correct snobs.

link

"As Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz pointed out on his CNN show "Reliable Sources" Blair is (relatively) young, probably about 27 years old, and BLACK."

8 posted on 05/10/2003 10:44:13 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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To: kristinn
I would certainly like a list of the stories this guy fabricated.

I will bet he isn't the only reporter who does that. I have repeatedly questioned the "unnamed sources" that the Times is so fond of using.

As I suspected, some unnamed sources are figments of the writer's imagination.

9 posted on 05/10/2003 10:45:31 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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A staff reporter for The New York Times committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud while covering significant news events in recent months, an investigation by Times journalists has found. The widespread fabrication and plagiarism represent a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper.

Right. Now send that guy to the editorial board.

10 posted on 05/10/2003 10:46:51 AM PDT by Paul_B
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No one is allowed to make stuff up at the Times except Raines, the managing editor.

So9

11 posted on 05/10/2003 10:47:01 AM PDT by LisaAnne (Who Me?)
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"A few days later, Mr. Blair issued a statement that referred to ``personal problems'' and expressed contrition."

He sounds like a crack head and it appears that the Slimes knew it.
12 posted on 05/10/2003 10:55:53 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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To: Miss Marple
The free weekly paper, The Washington City Paper, has a really good follow-up on Jayson's lying, focusing primarily on the crap he put out during the Maryland sniper story.
13 posted on 05/10/2003 10:57:13 AM PDT by rabidralph (I don't mean to be mean.)
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To: Pukka Puck
"The widespread fabrication"...Standard operating procedure at the NYT.

..and this News...SOP for the TNY Times. :)

14 posted on 05/10/2003 11:01:25 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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``To the best of my knowledge, there has never been anything like this at The New York Times,''

Raines was on PBS news last night SPINNING like he was Carville & Begala combined. Sunday they're susposed to EXPOSE all of the LIES they've accidentally printed and STOOD BEHIND over the 4 years of this AFFIRMATIVE ACTION reporter. Proof the PETER PRINCIPLE still applies. I'm looking for a lot of chatter on this subject next week. Should be fun.

15 posted on 05/10/2003 11:02:15 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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``That discussion did not happen,'' Mr. Raines said, adding that he had seen no need for such a discussion because Mr. Blair's performance had improved, and because ``we do not stigmatize people for seeking help.''

Looks like Raines should also be fired, since he showed such bad judgement.
16 posted on 05/10/2003 11:02:40 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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His tools of deceit were a cellphone and a laptop computer — which allowed him to blur his true whereabouts — as well as round-the-clock access to databases of news articles from which he stole.

Don't reporters either 1) have a corporate credit card to charge expenses on, or 2) get reimbursed for travel expenses? And in either case, don't they have to get travel authorizations signed for by their supervisor? I just find it hard to believe that it took so long for the Times to find out that he did not travel to the places he claimed to be reporting from. You would figure that their first clue would be the lack of expenses from these places.

17 posted on 05/10/2003 11:03:42 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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"In the end, Mr. Raines said last week, the paper handled the criticisms of both articles appropriately. ``I'm confident we went through the proper journalistic steps,'' he said." (wiping the egg off his face)
18 posted on 05/10/2003 11:06:08 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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The investigation suggests several reasons Mr. Blair's deceits went undetected for so long: a failure of communication among senior editors; few complaints from the subjects of his articles; his savviness and his ingenious ways of covering his tracks.

Of course, affirmative action had NOTHING to do with it. 23-year-old white reporters without college degrees get to start their careers at the New York Times all the time. (/sarcasm)

19 posted on 05/10/2003 11:06:30 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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Indeed--I'd think, as well, that it'd be impossible to fake such a lot of documentation. Deep Bogus.
20 posted on 05/10/2003 11:06:39 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Miss Marple
Unnamed sources are a biased journalist's best device for slanting the news.

Used properly to protect a whistleblower or witness to a crime, the unnamed source can be of great service to the public. However their usage has been totally abused and needs to be reined in. We need to keep harping on that, because journalists and their editors won't stop abusing it unless held accountable.

21 posted on 05/10/2003 11:07:00 AM PDT by kristinn (Liberal Media is in a Quagmire)
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To: LisaAnne
So the Grand Old Lady...has become a nubile cheap truck-stop hooker waiting for next her fix...Shrillary Clinton... :)
22 posted on 05/10/2003 11:07:11 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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To: Pukka Puck
Raines (Maureen Dowd's boyfriend) has done much more harm to the Times than this hack could ever do.
23 posted on 05/10/2003 11:09:05 AM PDT by MediaMole
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I wonder if they'll be eligible for a Pulitzer for investigative journalism?
24 posted on 05/10/2003 11:11:13 AM PDT by rabidralph (I don't mean to be mean.)
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I wonder if they'll be eligible for a Pulitzer for investigative journalism?

Why Not...Jimmah Cartar got the Nobel Peace Prize.. :|

25 posted on 05/10/2003 11:15:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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Between the first coverage of the sniper attacks in late October and late April, Mr. Blair filed articles claiming to be from 20 cities in six states. Yet during those five months, he did not submit a single receipt for a hotel room, rental car or airplane ticket, officials at The Times said.

How does this blatant and flagrant flouting of all rules jive with the finds of the investigation, "The investigation suggests several reasons Mr. Blair's deceits went undetected for so long: a failure of communication among senior editors; few complaints from the subjects of his articles; his savviness and his ingenious ways of covering his tracks."?

26 posted on 05/10/2003 11:16:54 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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"Mr. Blair did not have a company credit card - the reasons are unclear - and had been forced to rely on Mr. Roberts's credit card to pay bills from his first weeks on the sniper story. His own credit cards, he had told a Times administrator, were beyond their credit limit."

He was a deadbeat too.
27 posted on 05/10/2003 11:18:09 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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To: NYCVirago
Raines: Diversity “More Important” Than Better Journalism.
28 posted on 05/10/2003 11:19:34 AM PDT by aristeides
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One other thing:

On an expense report filed in January, for example, he indicated that he had bought blankets at a Marshall's department store in Washington; the receipt showed that the purchase was made at a Marshall's in Brooklyn.

Never mind the location difference -- how in the world would blankets be a justifiable work expense?

29 posted on 05/10/2003 11:20:10 AM PDT by NYCVirago
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His own credit cards, he had told a Times administrator, were beyond their credit limit."

Drugs? Gambling?

30 posted on 05/10/2003 11:21:47 AM PDT by aristeides
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But Mr. Sulzberger emphasized that as The New York Times continues to examine how its employees and readers were betrayed, there will be no newsroom search for scapegoats. ``The person who did this is Jayson Blair,'' he said. ``Let's not begin to demonize our executives - either the desk editors or the executive editor or, dare I say, the publisher.''

Authority, but no responsibility, eh, Mr. Sulzberger? Nice work if you can get it.
31 posted on 05/10/2003 11:24:21 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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Ping.


32 posted on 05/10/2003 11:25:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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``It's difficult to catch someone who is deliberately trying to deceive you,'' Mr. Rosenstiel said.

FR doesn't seem to have any trouble rooting out journalistic deception.

33 posted on 05/10/2003 11:26:07 AM PDT by rabidralph (I don't mean to be mean.)
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"Still, in the midst of covering a succession of major news events, from serial killings and catastrophes to the outbreak of war, something clearly broke down in the Times newsroom. It appears to have been communication - the very purpose of the newspaper itself."

No, I would say that what broke down was common sense, always a rare commodity amongst liberals. So much for hard-nosed news hounds, these clowns refused to see an obvious disaster right under their very noses.

Wasn't the lying reporter for the Washington Post, who wrote stories about an 8-year-old heroin addict as black?
34 posted on 05/10/2003 11:28:54 AM PDT by Pukka Puck
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Five years' worth of information about Mr. Blair was available in one building, yet no one put it together to determine whether he should be put under intense pressure and assigned to cover high-profile national events.

And yet, "Bush knew!"

35 posted on 05/10/2003 11:29:01 AM PDT by rabidralph (I don't mean to be mean.)
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The Times is asking readers to report any additional falsehoods in Mr. Blair's work; the e-mail address is retrace@nytimes.com.

That's retrace@nytimes.com, folks.

Where to begin? Just have Howie Raines resign, junk the NYT and start over.

36 posted on 05/10/2003 11:30:10 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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He was only found out because he was so bloody flagrant. If he had only made up 10 or 20% of carefully selected stories, to slant the truth, he would have gotten away with it for years.

Like most liberal liars in the lamestream media.

37 posted on 05/10/2003 11:30:27 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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It was not the vigilance of the Times editorial staff that brought down Jayson Blair, but his own hubris.

I'm sure that many of the top editorial staffers made up quotes, sources and whole stories from time to time. Like the best liars, however, they knew what to lie about, and when not to lie.

That's why they made it to the top, and Blair got the axe.
38 posted on 05/10/2003 11:33:59 AM PDT by Loyalist (Can you hear me now, Adrienne?)
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This article fairly screams, "To All Concerned: Pleeeeeease don't sue us for Libel!".
39 posted on 05/10/2003 11:36:35 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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``There are risks if you create a system that is so suspicious of reporters in a newsroom that it can interfere with the relationship of creativity that you need in a newsroom - of the trust between reporters and editors.''

In "All the President's Men", those editors never seemed to trust Woodward & Bernstein, they always had to get confirmations of sources.
It's almost better for the Times if this is affirmative action. I'd hate to think that they would any reporter get away with repeated fabrications as easily too.
40 posted on 05/10/2003 11:42:19 AM PDT by aynrandfreak
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``It's a huge black eye,'' said Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company and publisher of the newspaper, whose family has owned a controlling interest in The Times for 107 years. ``It's an abrogation of the trust between the newspaper and its readers.'' Oh, don't worry, Mr. Sulzberger, your regular readership doesn't care about accuracy or truth from your pages, so the impact of this liar and fraud working for your paper should be in fact minimal. Your paper's credibility exists in a vacuum of liberal dreamworks, so truth is the least important commodity ... as your paper has proven repeatedly over the last decade plus. No need to change your stripes now, now that your readers are buying your bilgespittle.
41 posted on 05/10/2003 11:43:03 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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Yet during those five months, he did not submit a single receipt for a hotel room, rental car or airplane ticket, officials at The Times said.

Usually when you think of fraud, you think of unusually high expenses or billings being claimed.

Few think of unusually low expenses or no claims for legitimate expenses as a sign of fraudulent activity.

42 posted on 05/10/2003 11:43:37 AM PDT by Loyalist (Can you hear me now, Adrienne?)
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``There has never been a systematic effort to lie and cheat as a reporter at The New York Times comparable to what Jayson Blair seems to have done.''

Uh, isn't Jayson Blair following in the grand tradition established by Walter Duranty?

43 posted on 05/10/2003 11:43:46 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: martin_fierro
Raines should have been fired as this article went to print. A fish rots from the head first.
44 posted on 05/10/2003 11:43:50 AM PDT by kristinn (Liberal Media is in a Quagmire)
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From Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post:

"Blair, who joined the paper in 1999 and was a summer intern there in 1998, is considered an aggressive young reporter by his Times colleagues, some of whom were shaking their heads at the damage he had inflicted on his career. He has been involved in a number of controversies and the paper has run 50 corrections on his stories"

How many "corrections" do you think a non-affirmative action employee would be allowed?
45 posted on 05/10/2003 11:45:00 AM PDT by Republican Red
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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/national/11PAPE.html

Editors' Note

Ten days ago, Jayson Blair resigned as a reporter for The New York Times after the discovery that he had plagiarized parts of an article on April 26 about the Texas family of a soldier missing in Iraq. An article on Page 1 today recounts a chain of falsifications and plagiarism that unraveled when The Times began an inquiry into that Texas article. At least 36 articles written by Mr. Blair since October reflected plagiarism, misstatements, misrepresentation of the reporter's whereabouts or a combination of those. An accounting of the flaws will be found on the right side of this page, under "Related."

Today's article and the accounting result from a weeklong investigation by five Times reporters and a team of researchers. The newspaper organized it in the belief that the appropriate corrective for flawed journalism is better journalism — accurate journalism.

The reporters have telephoned news sources cited by Mr. Blair and have interviewed other journalists who worked with him. Executives have read them summaries of telephone records and expense documents. To examine the newsroom processes that went awry, they have had unrestricted access to other Times staff members, including top editors, involved with Mr. Blair's copy and the management of his career. Within the limits of laws and ethical codes governing health and employment records, Times managers have described documents for the reporting team.

The reporters' examination has centered on the last seven months, a period in which Mr. Blair increasingly received assignments distant from the newsroom, which allowed him wider independence. His earlier work, done under closer supervision, will be spot-checked. If another major examination appears warranted, it will be carried out. Readers and news sources who know of defects in additional articles should send e-mail to The Times: retrace@ nytimes.com.

In online databases that include copy from The Times, cautionary notices will be attached to the faulty articles in coming days.

The Times regrets that it did not detect the journalistic deceptions sooner. A separate internal inquiry, by the management, will examine the newsroom's processes for training, assignment and accountability.

For all of the falsifications and plagiarism, The Times apologizes to its readers in the first instance, and to those who have figured in improper coverage. It apologizes, too, to those whose work was purloined and to the hundreds of conscientious journalists whose professional trust has been betrayed by this episode.

46 posted on 05/10/2003 11:45:48 AM PDT by Drango (There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binaries, and those that don't.)
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As long as the stories fit the template of the left, he could write whatever he wanted and it would not be questioned.

Most of the other reporters write to fit the template also.

Apparently they are better at covering their tracks.

47 posted on 05/10/2003 11:46:00 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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``It's difficult to catch someone who is deliberately trying to deceive you,'' Mr. Rosenstiel said. ``There are risks if you create a system that is so suspicious of reporters in a newsroom that it can interfere with the relationship of creativity that you need in a newsroom - of the trust between reporters and editors.''

There are people here on this board who were questioning the veracity of Jayson Blair's reporting even as the Times remained blissfully ignorant.

If we, who are not in the newsroom, can detect error (or outright fabrication) why cannot editors of the sainted Times?

Because they don't want to, that's why...

48 posted on 05/10/2003 11:46:27 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: Travis McGee
Peter Jennings has gotten away with it for years. Former ABC reporter Peter Collins has recently spoken out about Jennings' rewriting his reports to favor the Sandinistas with barely a ripple in the mainstream press.
49 posted on 05/10/2003 11:47:13 AM PDT by kristinn (Liberal Media is in a Quagmire)
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In the final months the audacity of the deceptions grew by the week, suggesting the work of a troubled young man veering toward professional self-destruction.

No, it suggests that the fact-checking was nil, as long as what he wrote conformed to the editor's prejudices.

50 posted on 05/10/2003 11:47:43 AM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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