Friday, May 02, 2003

Another media career in ruins. The New York Times today announces that reporter Jayson Blair has resigned after writing a story about a missing soldier that he'd apparently lifted from the San Antonio Express News. Blair also appears not to have visited the home of the soldier's mother even though his article gives every appearance to the contrary.

The soldier, Army Sgt. Edward Anguiano, later turned out to have died in Iraq.

Here is Blair's story, published in the Times last Saturday. And here is the Express News story, written by Macarena Hernandez and published on April 18.

Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz actually broke the story on Tuesday on He wrote a follow-up for the print edition the next day, and today reports on the finale.

According to Kurtz, Blair at one point had been a reporter for the Boston Globe. (Must have been for about two and a half minutes.) There is also this telling sentence: "He has been involved in a number of controversies and the paper [the Times] has run 50 corrections on his stories."

Romenesko is all over this, too.

A sad story, but Blair obviously has no one to blame but himself.

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