Jayson Blair: A hero to all freelancers

The dream, the ne plus ultra, of a freelancer\’s life, is to be known as the only person who absolutely must, but must, be hired to write the piece about a certain event.

You want fluffy Britishness with bits of Ancient Greek? Boris is obviously your man. The detailed and innumerate whine about what Labour must do next on inequality? Polly, obviously.

Jayson Blair has achieved this sort of apotheosis:

Jayson Blair: Jonah Lehrer\’s resignation mirrors my own
Jayson Blair, the former New York Times journalist who resigned in disgrace after being revealed as serial plagiarist and fabricator of stories, reflects on Jonah Lehrer\’s resignation.

He\’s going to be rolled out until the end of his days to write this article. Every time someone\’s found inventing stuff (erm, Boris?) or plagiarising he\’ll be getting a commission.

It\’s not quite what you hope to make your secialist subject, true, but hey, whatever works, right?

2 thoughts on “Jayson Blair: A hero to all freelancers”

  1. If so, let’s here a stirring round of applause for Jayson Blair. He’s doing journalism an enormous service. Because the alternative could be……..Johann Hari!

  2. sackcloth and ashes

    The difference between Blair and Hari is that the former was honest enough at the end of the day to admit what he did.

    The difference between the NYT and the Independent is that the former also went public about the extent of Blair’s fabrications, whilst the Indie covered Hari’s up.

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