Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 76 minutes

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair

Scandal struck the New York Times when it was discovered that prolific Times reporter Jayson Blair plagiarized a story about a missing soldier in Iraq. Investigations revealed this was just one of a stunning series of fabrications and plagiarisms he perpetrated over the years, including such high profile stories as the D.C. Snipers and Jessica Lynch. A FRAGILE TRUST is primarily Jayson's story, a man with an undiagnosed mental illness who was handed a sacred public trust. But Jayson is only one part of a much larger and more frightening story. That tale is of a rapidly changing landscape, where technology creates consumers who demand more news, delivered faster. It is the narrative of a revered institution trying to maintain both a global reputation and a global audience. Was Blair a “tragedy of the electronic age” or the result of an industry trying to fill a limitless digital need? This powerful and important film will make you question both the news markets you trust and your role as a consumer in them. —C.R.

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair

CIFF38 Screenings

Screening @ Apollo Theatre

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Director Bio
Samantha Grant is an actress, writer, cinematographer, and director. She has been an associate producer on the investigative television news program Frontline.

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City Club of Cleveland

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland

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