Investigation by team of New York Times journalists finds reporter Jayson Blair committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud while covering significant news events in recent months; major findings are these: he filed dispatches that purported to be from Maryland, Texas and other states, when often he was in New York; fabricated comments, concocted scenes and lifted material from other newspapers and wire services; also he selected details from photographs to create impression he had been somewhere or seen someone, when he had not; Times journalists uncover new problems in at least 36 of 73 articles he wrote after he started getting national reporting assignments in Oct 2002; spot checks of more than 600 articles he wrote before Oct 2002 find other apparent fabrications, and that inquiry continues; The Times asks readers to report any additional falsehoods in his work; investigation by Times journalists suggests several reasons why his deceits went undetected for so long: failure of communication among senior editors, few complaints from subjects of his articles and his ingenious ways of covering his tracks; some examples cited; most of all, no one saw his carelessness as sign that he was capable of systematic fraud; article offers detailed look at his career at The Times and at errors that have been uncovered in his articles; he resigned on May 1 when editors confronted him with evidence of his deception; photos (L)
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I love that there's a paywall for a story about how one of THEIR OWN were corrupt as fuck.

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