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"Waller, Linda" <[log in to unmask]>
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Waller, Linda
Wed, 28 May 2003 10:41:58 -0400
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Problems at the Times are systemic as evidenced by the famous Rick Bragg's
recent reprimand.
This Blair situation is more complex than the toppling of an affirmative
action poster-boy. Ethics, ego and some other deep-seated problems are at
the root of this.
Remember that his journalistic victim from the San Antonio Express-News is a
Latina who interned at the Times with him.  She did and does the right thing
on a regular basis. It would be most interesting to have her take on the
case; I heard her on NPR recently.  She is accessible to KC.

Also, I'd be interested to hear: How do educators ascertain whether serious
character flaws make a student unsuited to practice honest journalism? Is
that a role educators should assume?  Do they have a responsibility to give
a factual reference laying bear a student's tendencies to deceit,
carelessness, or flagrant disregard for the high standards that should be

Linda Waller, Deputy Director
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> From:         Dates, Jannette
> Reply To:     Dates, Jannette
> Sent:         Wednesday, May 21, 2003 4:04 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: Jayson Blair & AEJMC
> I think Karen Dunlap Brown would be a great choice, particularly if we get
> persons such as George Curry, Phil Dixon, and Neil Henry.  I could contact
> most of them, since I have had conversations about other things with some
> of
> them recently.  What about a dissenting view?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ANITA FLEMING-RIFE [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 2:13 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Jayson Blair & AEJMC
> I agree that someone from Poynter would be good.  Maybe Keith Woods?
> On Tue, 20 May 2003 11:27:27, "K. Fearn-Banks" wrote:
> > Two points (I hope I haven't missed these on the e-mails:
> >
> >         1.  Someone at the Pointer Institute should be involved in this
> > discussion.
> >
> >         2.  Have you all seed the BBC stories about how the"daring
> rescue
> > of Jessica Lynch" may have been a case of wagging the dog, a story
> > created by officials to get the public's acceptance.
> >
> >         Also, isn't it odd that Ari Flesicher would resign now?
> >
> >