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'Of course I knew it was wrong' (how to succeed in journalism without really trying)
BOSTON GLOBE ^ | 5/22/2003 | Don Aucoin and Bella English

Posted on 05/26/2003 2:44:30 AM PDT by Liz

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:09:55 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

It was the summer of 1997, and Jayson T. Blair was at the center of a newsroom controversy.

Blair, then 21, was sitting in the glass-walled office of assistant managing editor Louisa Williams. The door was closed. Just six weeks into a 12-week summer internship, Blair had already cut a considerable swath through The Boston Globe. In some respects, he was exactly what editors look for in a reporter: nervy, enterprising, prolific, eager to arrive early and stay late.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bostonglobe; falsification; howellraines; intern; internship; jaysonblair; mediafraud; medialies; newyorktimes; nyt; plagiarism; thenewyorktimes
(Boston Globe supervisors) told (Blair) of complaints about his zeal for spreading gossip and interrogating colleagues about their assignments. Other interns had accused him of poaching ideas from them and elbowing them aside for choice assignments. Overall, the consensus was that Blair perpetually had ''his nose in other people's business,'' in Williams's words. Doubly irksome to the two supervisors was the fact that some of the same complaints had surfaced during Blair's internship in the Globe's Washington bureau the previous summer. They reminded him of that, and forcefully told him it could not continue. At that point, Blair burst into tears. He promised he would change his behavior. But in the following weeks, he remained a polarizing figure among the interns working for the Globe's Metro section. The supervisors had to call him in again to discuss the same issues.

Jayson's writing the wrong book. He should pen a tome about how to get ahead even if you're a first-class schnook.

1 posted on 05/26/2003 2:44:30 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz; DPB101
After transferring from Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell

Any day we'll see the NYT and Chris Matthews blame Blair's problems on Jerry Falwell. OTOH, I cannot comprehend the culture shock between Falwell's college and the University of MD!

2 posted on 05/26/2003 3:37:25 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Liz
"...and Thomas Blair, an inspector general at the Smithsonian Institution."

I wonder if this is part of the reason that the Smithsonian has been having so many problems of late.

3 posted on 05/26/2003 4:11:59 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: Liz
The bottom line is that his plagiarism was A=OK to the Boston Globe.
4 posted on 05/26/2003 4:29:33 AM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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To: Liz
"he boasted of his shenanigans at the Times, saying he 'fooled some of the most brilliant people in journalism.'"
So-called "journalists" of the American "mainstream newsmedia" are saddened, deeply saddened by this incident.

The wary public sees all these people as a bunch of mendacious, self-deluding slobs serving a big "Liberal"/Democrat propaganda machine.

So-called "journalists", dazzled by themselves, atop their perches of self-righteousness and self-congratulation, are blind to the obvious similarities between themselves and Jayson Blair.

One difference however--"journalists" generally don't boast of their shenanigans.

5 posted on 05/26/2003 5:08:08 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Democrat! Vote for national--and personal--suicide! It's like being a suicide bomber!)
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To: Savage Beast; martin_fierro; Libloather; Howlin; Miss Marple; Grampa Dave
..... "journalists", dazzled by themselves, atop their perches of self-righteousness and self-congratulation, are blind to the obvious similarities between themselves and Jayson Blair......

Let's not forget that astute conservatives have always seen right through these self-serving liberals, and phonies like Blair. Conservatives have been constrained from speaking out b/c of the hateful PC atrocity and idiotic hate crimes laws.

Hate crime laws and PC causes chaos and protects liars and frauds like the Times and Blair. That's why they have served their usefulness and must be obliterated.

The self-same dumbos who religiously read the Times for (ahem) news are the pea-brains who were sappily duped by the Clintons, and actually voted for the two creeps.

New Yorkers put Hitlery into a Senate seat. How dumb is that?

6 posted on 05/26/2003 5:27:17 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Diogenesis
Of course plagiarism was OK.....these are "tolerant and compassionate" liberals we're talking about here. (/sarcasm off)
7 posted on 05/26/2003 5:30:11 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
You know, there are repeated stories about him snooping into other reporters' personal lives, sources, etc.

This sounds awfully like someone who is trying to get the goods on someone else...blackmail, in other words.

8 posted on 05/26/2003 5:34:50 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Snooping? Blackmail? It's amazing the Clintons never hired Blair.
9 posted on 05/26/2003 5:39:46 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
How do you know they didn't? They have to do something with all that money in the library fund.
10 posted on 05/26/2003 5:43:08 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Heheh.....good zinger.
11 posted on 05/26/2003 5:52:03 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
"Of course I knew it was wrong. There is no reason to lie now."

The perp is going to write a book about this garbage? Can't wait...

12 posted on 05/26/2003 6:06:27 AM PDT by Libloather (Proud member of the Vast Right Wing Fatwa...)
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To: Liz
"astute conservatives have always seen right through these self-serving liberals, and phoneys"

Precisely.

13 posted on 05/26/2003 6:09:24 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Democrat! Vote for national--and personal--suicide! It's like being a suicide bomber!)
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To: Liz; Timesink

14 posted on 05/26/2003 6:14:30 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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To: Liz
Wouldn’t the Globe and it’s owner, The New York Times, argue that it depends upon what your definition of plagiarism is?
15 posted on 05/26/2003 6:15:21 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: Liz
Everyone states Jayson was bright, smart, and intellgent, so how did the brightest, smartest and most intellgent, let a shlemil in their little club?
16 posted on 05/26/2003 7:17:43 AM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: martin_fierro
Great graphic....nails all the frauds. LOL.
18 posted on 05/26/2003 8:28:35 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Weaselle
(Blair's) sentence is a train wreck.

Blair was an up-and-comer and added diversity to the newsroom. You expected proper English, too?

19 posted on 05/26/2003 8:31:47 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz; Timesink
A whole long article like this and not one mention of Howell Raines?

Just a continuation of the Times party line.  Jayson did what he did all by himself.  No enablers.

Bogus!

20 posted on 05/26/2003 8:41:45 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: Liz
After the scandal broke at the Times, Blair says he checked himself into Silver Hill, a psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Conn., where he was treated for alcoholism, cocaine abuse, and manic depression.

I hope the New York Times is forced to rehire and pay restitution to Blair for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. PLEASE let it happen. HEY JASON!....SUE THE OLD GRAY WHORE!!!

21 posted on 05/26/2003 8:43:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Savage Beast
"astute conservatives have always seen right through these self-serving liberals, and phoneys"..............Precisely.

And don't miss the implications of restraining free speech b/c of the PC atrocity and hate crimes laws.

As I indicated above, hate crime laws and PC cause chaos and protect liars and frauds like the Times-Blair fiasco. That's why they have outlived their usefulness and must be abolished.

PC and hate crimes laws are this era's moral equivalent of Prohibition. Prohibition was necessarily repealed b/c it caused chaos and a crime wave.

Via Blair, we are now seeing the devastation wrought upon America due to hate crimes laws and PC.

22 posted on 05/26/2003 8:44:10 AM PDT by Liz
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To: razorback-bert
Sir, how dare you intimate liberals might actually (gasp)
discriminate in their choice of associates and employees?
23 posted on 05/26/2003 9:03:18 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Leisler
Neat-o.......nails it.
24 posted on 05/26/2003 9:04:24 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Diogenesis
Metro section => Mike Barnicle/Patricia Smith. They probably helped him hone his skills.
25 posted on 05/26/2003 9:04:32 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Liz
What amazes me is that all the negative traits that are spoken about Blair in these stories are the exact qualities everyone *outside* the press uses to describe members of the press. "Cocky", "Nosy" "Would go through a brick wall to get a story", "Spread rumors", "stole story ideas", "inaccuracies", "invented quotes". Jayson sounds like the whole freaking lot of them if you ask me - only maybe a smidge more so. And I used to work in the business so I should know.

What's fascinating is how offended journalists get when someone else is being the cocky, nosy, arrogant, rumor-monger who invents things and gets their facts wrong about them.

When it hits *their* lives and livelihoods, they get just as defensive and upset as you or I, even though they pull this crap on the rest of us all the time in pursuit of the "story".

I have a friend who was the focus of a national news story last summer. Major League Baseball was threatening some fan websites that had used the pictures and logos of Major League teams.

My friend was interviewed by a dozen or so media outlets and quoted in stories about the situation. Some of the stories included "quotes" attributed to him which were verbatims from the website, not quotes from himself (they were not written in a way one who answer a question - they were statements that were informative for visitors to a website. Then the misquotes would be picked up and re-written into other writer's stories, further distorting what he meant to say.

It took him about six times of being misquoted or misrepresented before he learned there were certain parts to the story that he just wasn't going to comment about or speculate on. His "15 minutes of fame" were quite an education about American journalism.

26 posted on 05/26/2003 9:05:03 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (The two greatest secrets to success: 1 - Don't tell them everything you know. 2 -)
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To: Fracas
I can't believe he spent even one minute at Liberty University!
27 posted on 05/26/2003 9:12:18 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


28 posted on 05/26/2003 9:13:22 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Liz
You're right, Liz. The entire concept of "hate crimes" is absurd. "Political correctness" is also absurd.
29 posted on 05/26/2003 9:40:31 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Democrat! Vote for national--and personal--suicide! It's like being a suicide bomber!)
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To: Liz
"Snooping? Blackmail? It's amazing the Clintons never hired Blair."

It's not too late.

30 posted on 05/26/2003 9:45:05 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Vote Democrat! Vote for national--and personal--suicide! It's like being a suicide bomber!)
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To: Savage Beast
LOL. Hey, Jayson, send your resume to Hillary Clinton c/o the US Senate and, whatever you do, fella, don't mention the NY Times.
31 posted on 05/26/2003 9:49:20 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Timesink
Another Jayson fabrication, perhaps?
32 posted on 05/26/2003 9:58:54 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Fracas
Another Jayson fabrication, perhaps?

NOTHING about Jayson Blair should be accepted as fact without independent confirmation, that's for sure.

33 posted on 05/26/2003 10:01:02 AM PDT by Timesink
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