All the News That’s Fudged to Print
If You Think Jayson Blair was Loose with the Facts, Look at How the Times Covered Iraq
Yesterday’s forced resignation of New York Times executive editor Howell Raines might lead a casual observer to conclude that the wayward reporter Jayson Blair (under Mr. Raines’s lax supervision) had committed serial rape on the Gray Lady of West 43rd Street, rather than serial acts of journalistic fraud. In reality, this metaphoric beheading by the company’s board of directors furthers a preposterous image of victimization that covers up far more serious transgressions by the “paper of record.” …..
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