Thank god Jayson Blair’s chosen weapons were a laptop and a cellphone, instead of duct tape and a butcher knife.
The former New York Times reporter, who resigned earlier this moth after fabricating dozens of stories, has been the subject of a running debate over race issues [he’s black] and the poor management structure of his former employer.
No matter where you fall in that debate, everything that’s been written so far was rendered moot by two articles in the current New York Observer.
In the first full-length interview since his fall from grace, Mr. Blair reveals his true nature and that of the scandal he caused.
Jayson Blair is a sociopath.
Every personality marker of the sociopath is documented in NYO and the previous coverage: the self-centeredness, the elaborate system beating mindset, the lack of remorse over those he’s injured, the warped philosophy, the charm and the con.
Especially in defeat, he exhibits the hallmark of a true sociopathic criminal when he gloats over his victim: “They’re all so smart, but I was sitting right under their nose fooling them.”
Again, thank heavens the guy was drawn to apply his warped skills in the media field, and not as a meat packer. We’d all be eating Hannibal Lecter pie if he had.
So everyone involved, from black journalists to Times haters to affirmative action demagogues, should all rest easy.
That’s because the true nature of sociopathy lies in the protagonist being able to manipulate the system to his advantage. So he used his skin color and effusive social skills to land on the fast track, so what? Ted Bundy used his good looks and charm to lure women into his fatal embrace.
The Times has a bad management structure? Well, no kidding, every large corporation has holes big enough for the truly insane to slip through – indeed, turn to their nefarious advantage.
But there isn’t a company in the world that is set up to isolate and remove the truly disturbed. Ask the post office.
That’s what’s been missing in this whole debate – the ability to think outside the norm. Just like Jayson did. And still does.
Every journalist that has written about this situation has approached it from a rational perspective, where the central subject doesn’t reside.
This story isn’t about black journalists or the New York Times, or affirmative action or the media in general. It is about a nut case who worked the system.Powered by Sidelines