A Fragile Trust:
Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times
Filmmaker Samantha Grant in Person
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00
Filmmaker Samantha Grant
will present a special screening of A Fragile Trust
, the shocking story of Jayson Blair
, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times
and the entire world of journalism. In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing and fabricating details in dozens of stories. The fact that he is African-American was emphasized repeatedly as accounts of the "Blair Affair" served up sordid tales of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt and power struggles. Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone involved, including former Executive Editor Howell Raines
as well as Blair himself, A Fragile Trust
recounts the story while exploring deeper themes of power, ethics and responsibility in the mainstream media. Producer/Director: Samantha Grant
(US 2013) 76 min. plus discussion.
TRAILER: A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times from Samantha Grant / GUSHproductions on Vimeo.
Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Apr 23 2014