When Jayson Blair admitted that he had fabricated and plagiarized stories, most were shocked. For years The New York Times had been the number one paper in the nation. Its opinions were respected, and thousands of readers accepted their stories as fact without further question.
The incident was a harsh blow to the journalism industry, but Blair wasn’t the first instance of unethical practice at the Times. Many have accused the paper of being overtly liberal, even in news articles,and the paper has openly admitted to several mistakes in its (7)stories and reporting practices.
Blair resigned in May of 2003 after "it appeared that he had lifted material from a San Antonio Express-News report. He had been warned in January of 2002 after making 46 corrected errors in the three previous years. Since then, Blair had made eight corrected errors(2)."