Monday, June 16, 2003
Counsel in Charlottesville TV defamation case used Jayson Blair stories
As reported here in the Washington Post, the lawyer for the plaintiff who won a $10 million dollar verdict against a Charlottesville television station cited the New York Times' apologia for the bad acts of Jayson Blair, and compared that to the conduct of the television station. A lawyer said the references to the handling of Blair's fabrications were inflammatory and inappropriate, because "'In the Blair case, there was admission of wrongdoing, of manufacturing of stories. We denied that we made anything up, and, in point of fact, we had a reliable source and had no reason to' make anything up."