Is Jayson Blair For Real?

[This item was originally posted to The Media Drop]

First, I read over at Tim Porter’s that a portion of Blair’s book, “Burning Down My Master’s House: My Life At The New York Times,” seemed pretty close to a section in a piece about Blair in the Boston Globe last May. You can find the article in the Boston Globe’s archives for that day, it was written by Don Aucoin and Bella English.

Porter starts off his post with “I have been waiting for someone to fact check Jayson Blair’s book and find the inevitable: That Blair lifted some of it from somewhere.” I don’t feel the need to say any more.

Then, the folks at New Yorkish follow up with a bit about how a few of the “glowing” reviews of Blair’s book on Amazon.com seem a wee bit similar? Too bad we can’t have that little error that came about recently where we found out that authors were giving themselves props in their reviews.

And to think, he’s worried about credibility issues. Can’t imagine why.

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