This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
It is a portrait of a wide-ranging management failure as well, as the Times's top editors failed to heed one red flag after another while promoting Blair to national reporter. In April 2002, metropolitan editor Jonathan Landman sent newsroom administrators a two-sentence e-mail message that read: "We have to stop Jayson from writing for the Times. Right now."
One wonders how much political correctness had to do with this.
Is it wrong of me to take some kind of a perverse delight in the NY Times' sudden misfortune? I saw Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias in an interview last night. He mentioned he's coming out with another book about the news media later this year called Arrogance. I wouldn't be surprised it touches on some similar issues as the whole New York Times debacle.
Apparently, this is no flash in the pan. Seems like Jason Blair is being investigated for fraud by the US Attorney's office. Jeez... He's 27! I think its a little overkill. The Wall Street guys convicted of bilking customers of billions got off with some fines. I am convinced they are hanging him out to dry to make the Times appear to be better than it really is. I think that there are many reporters who pull stuff like he did.