JAYSON BLAIRBy Julia Lagrosa, YeseniaMalagon, Angelica Flores, MarcosAvina
BACKGROUND INFO. Born March 23,1976 He was an African American journalist for the New York Times Studied at the University of Maryland
HIS CRIME He made up all his stories. Some of his stories he wrote when he was high and/or drunk. Lied that his cousin died because he was “hurt emotionally.” But really, he felt like he was under too much pressure.
CONSEQUENCE Tarnished the reputation of the worlds greatest newspaper ever since 152 years ago. Many people looked down on him afterward his crimes.
PLAGIARIZED ARTICLE “Relatives of Missing Soldiers Dread Hearing Worse News” “By Jayson Blair PALESTINE, W.Va., March 26 -- Gregory Lynch Sr. choked up as he stood on his porch here overlooking the tobacco fields and cattle pastures, and declared that he remained optimistic -- even though a military official had just come by to warn him to brace himself, that even worse news could be coming any day now. It is hard to imagine, he says, any worse news than what he learned on Sunday night: his 19-year-old daughter, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, had been in the Army convoy that was ambushed in southern Iraq.”
The article showed on the previous slideshown was a made up story. He said so in aninterview and book he published namedBurning Down My Master’s House: My Lifeat the New York Times.He made up the last name of the man he hadinterview because the man didn’t want to givehis last name so Blair made it up. Most of hisstories were written when he was high and ordrunk. He stated so on the NBC exclusive.(Quotes below are statements said.) Couric: “Youmentioned some very low points as a cocaine addict, includingperforming and receiving sexual favors for drugs. And crawling onthe floor searching for specks of cocaine. It got really, really badfor you in terms of the drug use.”Blair: “It took over my life. I made horrible choices with drugs and