May 21, 2003 |
Magazine writers of a certain age recall that the New Yorker's legendarily rigorous fact-checkers once required that every assertion of fact be supported by two sources -- unless it came from the New York Times. Now, in what inevitably will be known as the paper's post-Jayson Blair era, such confidence would seem not simply amusingly provincial, but also misplaced.
May 31, 2003
The best female golfer on the planet enters a men's tournament, and even selects a golf course best suited to her game, and then unceremoniously fails to make the cut. Yet how does the L.A. Times spin this? "A win." "Crossing a line." "Will influence society." This is fundamentally dishonest journalism, on a par with Jayson Blair. It's simply another example (not that we need another) of why people don't trust the media. J.M. Rodgers Pasadena Whether it is Annika Sorenstam failing to make the cut at the PGA's Colonial or Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs, the result is the same: Sadly, female athletes continue to let men define their success.
May 31, 2003 |
Earlier this week, some of the sharper tongues bearing witness to events inside the New York Times were calling the drama convulsing their newsroom "The Blair Witch Hunt." By Friday, some of the more mordant had retitled it "The Madness of King Howell." Either way, it was a lousy week for the Times, whose self-inflicted wounds continue to bleed onto American journalism as a whole.
June 20, 2003 |
When I began teaching at Duke, I was pleased to find that the university had an honor code exhorting students to promise they wouldn't "lie, cheat or steal" in their academic endeavors. But now I regard the pledge as a quaint artifact. How can young people take seriously such a vow when everywhere they look they see successful grown-ups getting ahead by playing fast and loose with the truth?
May 7, 2003 |
IT'S only a matter of time until the scandal involving New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, the appalling meltdown at the Salt Lake City Tribune and the Los Angeles Times' recent dismissal of a photographer who filed an altered photo from Iraq are linked in a broad new indictment of the news media's standards and credibility.
June 4, 2011 |
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.
May 29, 2003
Re "He Stole a Lot More Than My Words" (Opinion, May 25), concerning the plagiarism of New York Times journalist Jayson Blair: I agree that this has nothing to do with racism. This guy is an incredible bottom feeder. Now he is trying to peddle his story for book and movie deals, alleging that he was just testing the system. He also brushes his actions off as substance abuse-related (very popular lately). He'll probably come out of this with deals worth a lot of money, but what should happen is that he should be ostracized by everyone and denied any financial gain from his devious and despicable actions.
May 23, 2003 |
When Daralene Jones first heard about the saga of Jayson Blair, her initial thought was: "Is this another way to try to bring another person of color down?" But after reading the facts about the young African American reporter for the New York Times whose acts of plagiarism and deception have rocked American journalism, Jones said, she concluded "it was inevitable that he was guilty."
May 28, 2003 |
He is charming, brilliant, socially facile and shameless. If his mouth is moving, he is probably lying, and when he is caught, he will smile and stick around to pose for pictures. All of which makes him indispensable, archetypally speaking. Because there is no audience that won't be mesmerized, no simmering social problem that won't be brought to a boil, by the entrance of the Trickster. He's almost always a man because we still like our women more virtuous than not.
May 11, 2003 |
Calling the incident "a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper," the New York Times in today's editions said a former reporter made up quotes and scenes, lied about his whereabouts and plagiarized material from other publications. "It's a huge black eye," Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times Co. and the newspaper's publisher, was quoted as saying. "It's an abrogation of the trust between the newspaper and its readers."