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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Blair Still Doesn't Understand

Quite a revealing observation from Jayson Blair about his likely epitaph. Revealing both about him and of a typical attitude among journalism graduates for quite a few years now, that is.

Blair says that no matter how many people he helps in his lifetime, the first line of his epitaph will refer to his fabricated news reporting at The New York Times.

I've interviewed legions of recent j-school grads and interns in the past decade and have heard the same line - "I'm becoming a journalist because I want to help people" or variations thereof -so often that I long ago wondered if anybody in the groves of academe remembers that the point of journalism is to report the news.

Everything else is ... something else.