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Run Time: 76 minutes
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.
Singeli Agnew, Samantha Grant
Richard Levien, Samantha Grant
Samantha Grant is an actress, writer, cinematographer, and director. She has been an associate producer on the investigative television news program Frontline.
A FRAGILE TRUST: PLAGIARISM, POWER, AND JAYSON BLAIR AT THE NEW YORK TIMES (2013)
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