Burning Down My Master's House: My Life at the New York Times Remember Jayson Blair, the young New York Times reporter whose very public plagiarism scandal led not only to his resignation last year but to that… Burning Down My Master's House: My Life at the New York Times Remember Jayson Blair, the young New York Times reporter whose very public plagiarism scandal led not only to his resignation last year but to that… 2004-03-06 Nonfiction
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Burning Down My Master's House (2004)

Burning Down My Master's House: My Life at the New York Times | THUMBS 'DOWN' In the end, Blair has no excuse for his plagiarism
THUMBS 'DOWN' In the end, Blair has no excuse for his plagiarism
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2004; Writer: Jayson Blair; Genre: Nonfiction

Remember Jayson Blair, the young New York Times reporter whose very public plagiarism scandal led not only to his resignation last year but to that of two top Times editors? ''I lied and I lied -- and then I lied some more,'' Blair admits in Burning Down My Master's House. But he can't seem to make up his mind as to why, exactly, he lied. Was it his manic depression? His cocaine addiction? Or, as he tends to think, because Times editors used him as a ''pawn in a racial game''?

Unfortunately, there's only a glancing look at the inner workings of the Gray Lady and no real explanation of exactly how Blair funneled his pieces through the paper's editing system -- just a lot of ''poor me'' whining and a constant subcurrent of blame and invective aimed at his former bosses.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints
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