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A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times (2014)

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Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the history of the “Old Grey Lady,” which just a year earlier won a record 7 Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of 9/11. It was a spectacular fall for both Blair and the paper. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the “Blair Affair” served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 11th, 2014 (Limited), released as Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 74 minutes
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Keywords: News, Scandal, Biography, Investigative Journalist
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Gush
Production Countries: United States

Documentary Subject(s)

Jayson Blair    Himself


Macarena Hernandez    Herself
Howell Raines    Himself
Seth Mnookin    Himself
Howard Kurtz    Himself
Lena Williams    Herself
William Schmidt    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Samantha Grant    Screenwriter
Richard Grant    Screenwriter
Richard Levien    Screenwriter
Samantha Grant    Editor
Justin Melland    Composer
Singeli Agnew    Director of Photography
Samantha Grant    Director of Photography
Joelle Jaffe    Sound Mixer
Philip Perkins    Re-recording Mixer

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