A Fragile Trust
A Fragile Trust - Trailer
Director Samantha GrantYear 2014Genre(s) Documentaries
Jayson Blair was a promising journalism student who landed an internship at The New York Times in 1998 and subsequently went on to be the publication's intermediate reporter. However, it soon became clear that Blair's reporting skills only extended to plagiarism and total fabrication of details as he was caught making some serious false claims with a string of supposedly exclusive articles. He not only stole quotes from a variety of other news sources, he also made them up, claimed to have travelled to places to witness details that he hadn't, and repeatedly invented miniscule details that would captivate his readers and anger the stories' subjects. Constant denials and complaints from other publications led to an investigation into Blair's journalistic methods and he subsequently left his post at The Times.
This candid documentary details the lies and deception that went into Jayson Blair's meticulous Times articles featuring interviews with the former journalist himself and former Executive Editor Howell Raines among others. 'A Fragile Trust' has been directed by Samantha Grant and was nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival having been a part of the official selection in a variety of film festivals last year.
Starring: Jayson Blair, Macarena Hernandez, Howell Raines, Seth Mnookin, Howard Kurtz, Lena Williams, William Schmidt
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