Jewish World Review May 23, 2003 / 21 Iyar, 5763

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Bizarre Blair | The New York Times’ poster boy for fraud, Jayson Blair, has spoken. For those of you with a weak gag reflex, grab a bucket. It’s the Jayson Blair ‘Real Deal.’ Jayson Blair IS, borrowing the words of Miami Herald writer Carl Hiaasen,”a sick puppy.” The self-described former coke-head stole stories, lied about locations, made up facts, and committed fraud on America.

Now this screwed-up 27-year old kid is lining up a book deal that is sure to make him a millionaire. Despite the very public humiliation he endured over the past few weeks, Blair is unbowed.

Now, he's telling the New York Observer that his sleazy reporting stunts were intended to destroy himself professionally, so he could save himself personally. Get ready to gag; here it comes. Blair told the Observer, “So Jayson Blair the human being could live, Jayson Blair the journalist had to die.”

I am not making this up, folks. It’s one of those Tammy Faye Bakker meets Ted Kopple media moments. This is behavior so bizarre it surpasses the realm of human comprehension.

Blair, who Times editor Howell Raines said got a free pass because he was black, actually accused the Times staff of being racist. Really, Jayson? Is that why a young twenty-something who never got a college degree, and got busted lying about stories, got suspended, and then got the suspension lifted so he could be promoted to the national desk?

Blair even had the nerve to attack his white guilty liberal sponsor by saying “Maybe the experience will make him a little more mature.”

This coming from a loser who betrayed the trust of Howell Raines, the New York Times news room, the media outlets who consider the Times the newspaper of record, and the American people.

Blair is under investigation for fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Here’s hoping that Blair gets busted, has to write his book from jail, and is forced by the court to donate all his book earnings to charity. That is, if Mr. Blair can in fact, write anything at all without stealing it from others.

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