A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times

  • Director(s): Samantha Grant
  • Producer(s): Samantha Grant
  • Country: United States
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 79 min
  • Language: English
  • Format: HDCAM 1080/59.94i
  • Website: www.afragiletrust.com

"Why did you do it?", filmmaker Samantha Grant asks point blank from behind the camera. Jayson Blair, a former reporter at the world's leading broadsheet paper, the New York Times, shifts uneasily. "There isn't a simple answer," he mutters. His shot to notoriety in 2003 as a plagiarising journalist was in fact an accumulation of small, incremental steps. It may have started with a fabricated quote or an interview that never took place. Working in a lumbering media establishment that was playing catch-up with the digital age, Jayson took full advantage of the internet from which he sourced most of his information. As suspicion grew, so too did his need to hide the truth, spurring a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol, and mental breakdown. Supported by interviews with reporters, colleagues, and the top editors who were active at the time of the scandal, the film reveals the difficult relationships between power, ambition, hierarchies, and race. SW

Director Filmography
  • 2008, Ecuador: Flower Power (FRONTLINE/World)
  • 2007, Now Leaving Colorado City: Life After Polygamy
  • 2006, India: A Pound of Flesh (FRONTLINE/World)
Credits
Associate Producer(s):
Jessica Jones
Editor(s):
Richard Levien
Music(s):
Justin Melland
Other(s):
Brittney Shepherd
Sales Contact
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Samantha Grant
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Owner / Director
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Gush Productions
Email
sam@gushproductions.com
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+1 4155189395
Website
www.gushproductions.com