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.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Recommended for High School +
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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