The Times airs its dirty laundry in agonizing detail. The article is frank about the extent of fabrication and plagiarism in ex-reporter Jayson Blair’s high-visibility national reporting on such issues as the Washington sniper attacks, the domestic reaction to the invasion of Iraq, and the rescue of Jessica Lynch. The crucial issue in this abrogation of the public trust in the Times, however — how he could get away with it for so long — is glossed over in one brief paragraph:
The investigation suggests several reasons Mr. Blair’s deceits went undetected for so long: a failure of communication among senior editors; few complaints from the subjects of his articles; his savviness and his ingenious ways of covering his tracks. Most of all, no one saw his carelessness as a sign that he was capable of systematic fraud.
(Sound of the wind blowing as The Times neatly sidesteps any corporate responsibility). In an accompanying editorial note, the mea culpa is similarly tight-lipped: “The Times regrets that it did not detect the journalistic deceptions sooner. A separate internal inquiry, by the management, will examine the newsroom’s processes for training, assignment and accountability.”
Why Is Jonathan Simms Still Alive? “Jonathan Simms lies in a bed at a hospital somewhere in Belfast — the British courts will not allow the press to say exactly where. He is thin and pale, and on the wall behind him his parents have propped photos taken in happier times, to show the staff the handsome 18-year-old locked within this shell. It is hard to see the connection between that vibrant young man and the one who lies here now, jerking with involuntary spasms.” NY Times
Study Says Not ‘Till 26. I had a friend who was running for political office many years ago . Asked about his platform on abortion, he jokingly said he thought it should be legal until the fetus was 21 years old. Perhaps today he’d say 26…
Man Advertises ‘Son for Sale’ on Internet
A man who jokingly offered his five-year-old son for sale on the Internet has had to explain himself to police after a complaint from a concerned web surfer….
‘Hyperactive kid for sale, good at vacuuming, not great at washing dishes because he’s too short,’ the ad read. ‘Guaranteed to annoy. Five pounds ($8) or nearest offer.’
TiVo is on the ropes due to broadcast industry backlash. Apple should step in and buy it “and once again redefine the intersection of culture and technology.” Business 2.0
“The rear door of a Russian-built cargo plane burst open as the aircraft carried police officials and their relatives across Congo, and 129 passengers were sucked out, airport officials said Friday.” Boston Globe. Nightmarish…
“Microsoft quietly published a report on its support pages last week confirming that a right click on files using Windows Explorer in XP does gnash away eating up at your CPU time. But there’s a relatively easy way to stop it doing that.” The Inquirer