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August 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
Esquire has canceled a movie review it had commissioned ex-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair to write for its November issue. Blair, who resigned from the Times after editors learned he had embellished and plagiarized parts of dozens of reports, was to have reviewed "Shattered Glass," a film about another journalist found to have fabricated stories, Stephen Glass.
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January 21, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Samantha Grant has a message for viewers who tune in to her documentary "A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair," which examines the case of the disgraced New York Times journalist whose plagiarism and invention of sources tarnished the newspaper's reputation and led to the downfall of two top editors. Be careful about believing Jayson Blair. Grant's film features exclusive interviews with Blair speaking in rare detail about the events in 2003. She said viewers should be skeptical of his account.
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May 31, 2003
THANKS to Tim Rutten for pointing out that Jayson Blair is merely a garden-variety sociopath ("Hard to Find Truth in a Story of Lies," May 24). Race has no more bearing on the case than any other part of his delusional structure. It is simply a tool he will use to manipulate, gain advantage and claim victim status. For a sociopath, any tool will do; for Blair, race is the tool closest at hand. Unfortunately, there are those on both sides of the issue who will lend credence to Blair's manipulations and delusions since they will serve their purposes, exactly as happened with another sociopath who played the race card: O.J. Simpson.
HEALTH
March 10, 2012 | Jeannine Stein
Sick of the sweaty, fluorescent-lit, loud-music gym scene? Don't want to cough up dough for memberships you'll never be able to cancel short of divine intervention? Try getting fit at the park. Or the beach. We asked personal trainer Mike Donavanik ( www.mikedfitness.com) to show us simple outdoor moves that deliver. Here Donavanik -- clients include actors Sara Underwood and Jayson Blair -- demonstrates a ladder drill, part of regular training for baseball and football players.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2003 | From Newsday
Watch out, Amy Fisher. Jayson Blair is threatening to break your record. The "Long Island Lolita's" attack on her lover's wife provided fodder for three TV movies in 1993. Blair, the reporter who scandalized the New York Times in the spring when it got out that he had faked or plagiarized some three dozen stories, already has been the inspiration this fall for episodes of "Law & Order" and its spin-off, "Criminal Intent."
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January 21, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Samantha Grant has a message for viewers who tune in to her documentary "A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair," which examines the case of the disgraced New York Times journalist whose plagiarism and invention of sources tarnished the newspaper's reputation and led to the downfall of two top editors. Be careful about believing Jayson Blair. Grant's film features exclusive interviews with Blair speaking in rare detail about the events in 2003. She said viewers should be skeptical of his account.
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July 26, 2003 | Renee Tawa
Esquire magazine has hired Jayson Blair, the New York Times reporter who was fired for plagiarizing and fabricating material, to review an upcoming film about a fellow perpetrator of journalistic fraud. Editor in chief David Granger said he liked the idea of having Blair weigh in on "Shattered Glass," about Stephen Glass, who fabricated 27 of the 41 articles he wrote for the New Republic.
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March 13, 2004 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
The thought arises: Why actually visit with defrocked New York Times journalist Jayson Blair in order to write a story about him? Wouldn't it be perfect payback to use Blair's own nonexistent journalistic standards -- stay at home, watch him on TV, plagiarize quotes from other writers, then whip out a riveting tale that pretends to be reported in person and on location.
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February 24, 2012 | Steven Zeitchik
Over a short period in 2003, the New York Times' Jayson Blair scandal transformed the sometimes mundane business of news gathering into Shakespearean drama, in which the folly of one low-ranking servant shook a kingdom to its core. If that feels like a fanciful reading of the incident -- in which the reporter, as you may recall, was accused of plagiarism and fabricating stories, touching off a crisis that led to a shake-up of the paper's top editors -- it didn't seem that way to playwright Gabe McKinley.
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March 7, 2004 | Tim Rutten, Tim Rutten is a Times senior writer who writes the "Regarding Media" column.
If you ever sat through an introductory logic class, you'll probably recall the Cretan paradox. As the poet Epimenides bluntly put it: "All Cretans are liars." Epimenides, however, was from Crete. His statement could be true if -- and only if -- it was false. Hence the paradox or, more precisely and usefully -- especially for the purposes of this review -- the antinomy, which is the logical term for a statement that contradicts itself.
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February 24, 2012 | Steven Zeitchik
Over a short period in 2003, the New York Times' Jayson Blair scandal transformed the sometimes mundane business of news gathering into Shakespearean drama, in which the folly of one low-ranking servant shook a kingdom to its core. If that feels like a fanciful reading of the incident -- in which the reporter, as you may recall, was accused of plagiarism and fabricating stories, touching off a crisis that led to a shake-up of the paper's top editors -- it didn't seem that way to playwright Gabe McKinley.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2011 | James Rainey
The ascension of Jill Abramson to the editor's chair of the New York Times will make the history books. She will be the first woman to lead the newspaper in its 160-year history. The 57-year-old journalist's in-box burst with good wishes Thursday, particularly from women, thrilled that one of journalism's highest glass ceilings had been shattered. All Abramson has to do when she takes over from Bill Keller in September is manage one of the world's most prestigious newsrooms under a tight budget, urge a tradition-bound print institution toward a digital future and make a compelling case for the enduring value of the authoritative, literate voice in an era when anyone with a high-speed connection has become a publisher.
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April 18, 2010 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Nothing Happened and Then It Did A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction Jake Silverstein W.W. Norton: 232 pp., $23.95 People who know Jake Silverstein may be surprised to discover upon reading "Nothing Happened and Then It Did" that he helped find pirate booty in a Louisiana bayou, competed in a poetry competition, spent days with a Mexican American businessman working on a story that he had no hope of ever writing and once...
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May 3, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
These days journalists aren't merely writing headlines. More and more, they're making them -- to their editors' and publishers' chagrin.
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May 1, 2005
Thanks to David Shaw for an interesting piece on Mitch Albom ["How One Careless Act Became a Really Big Deal," April 24]. It raised interesting points to think about, such as "pre-writing" and lax copy editing for columnists of high stature. I slightly disagree with Shaw about Albom's fate at the Free Press. I think he should have been fired automatically for what he did. His telling readers that Cleaves and Richardson were at the game, when they in fact weren't, was a fabrication of the same type as Jayson Blair's and Stephen Glass'.
BOOKS
January 23, 2005 | Orville Schell, Orville Schell is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
There are certain iconic institutions in our society that appear so renowned, powerful, influential and durable that we permit ourselves to become fascinated by them and pulled into their field of gravity.
OPINION
May 25, 2003 | Macarena Hernandez, Macarena Hernandez is a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.
One of the last stories Jayson Blair wrote before being unmasked as a liar and plagiarist contained these words: "Juanita Anguiano points proudly to the pinstriped couches, the tennis bracelet in its red case and the Martha Stewart furniture out on the patio. She proudly points up to the ceiling fan."
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March 20, 2004 | Associated Press
Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass, two young journalists notorious for fabricating stories, have something else in common: Both have written highly publicized books that few people are buying. Blair, a former New York Times reporter, received a six-figure advance for "Burning Down My Master's House." Published March 6, the book had an announced first printing of 250,000 and plenty of media coverage, including author interviews with Katie Couric on NBC and Larry King on CNN.
OPINION
January 12, 2005
Re "Report Condemns CBS News; 4 Lose Jobs," Jan. 11: CBS News and the independent panel's report conclude that the documents referred to in the infamous broadcast cannot be authenticated because the originals are not available. CBS News should make public all documents, including e-mails, notes, memos. CBS News has stonewalled and sidestepped the path to complete disclosure since day one. In the Jayson Blair matter, the New York Times admitted its mistakes, sought out the truth, published it and fired executives.
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March 20, 2004 | Associated Press
Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass, two young journalists notorious for fabricating stories, have something else in common: Both have written highly publicized books that few people are buying. Blair, a former New York Times reporter, received a six-figure advance for "Burning Down My Master's House." Published March 6, the book had an announced first printing of 250,000 and plenty of media coverage, including author interviews with Katie Couric on NBC and Larry King on CNN.
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