Thursday, April 29, 2004
Jayson Blair, The New York Times and Me: Jayson Blair was the former New York Times reporter who augmented his reporting by using his imaginary friends as sources. He was fired, as were the Times' two top editors.
Why do I bring this up now? What's the news hook? Well, I've just been informed that it's my fault that Blair got away with his fabrications.
Sulzberger also revealed that the worst thing to come out of the Blair scandal was not the former reporter's ethical crimes, but the fact that sources and readers who knew about the incorrect reporting did not complain because they believed that that was what newspapers did. "That is scary," he said.
What a load of bull. Editor after editor after editor raised red flags regarding Blair's reporting -- and he was promoted.
Besides, the Times isn't much interested about accuracy -- especially if it's editorial pages are any indication, with its stealth corrections and unwillingness to honestly acknowledge errors.