Jayson Blair on the “Slippery-Slope Beginning” That Led to His Fabrication of Stories

In 2003, The New York Times reported on one of the biggest scandals of the year—and it all unfolded in their own newsroom. Jayson Blair, a promising young reporter, plagiarized and lied in dozens of stories he wrote for the prestigious newspaper. He wrote about locations he never visited, quoted conversations that never took place, and fabricated events.

Eleven years after his epic downfall, Jayson reflects on the first story he plagiarized. “What I found is that when you cross the line once, it becomes easier and easier to cross it again,” he says. In the above video, Jayson opens up about the moment of weakness after September 11, 2001, that set off a chain of events that made headlines.


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