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Your writers seem to have learned the wrong lesson from the Jayson Blair fiasco (“Off Target,” 5/9). Having been burned once by siding with Blair’s sniper-case reporting over objections from seasoned reporters at the Washington Post, as well as the prosecutor who argued at the time that Blair’s reporting was false, your writers now say siding with either version of events is ill-advised.
What’s ill-advised is giving equal credence to the fictional charges from Blair’s anonymous sources and the consistent claims from numerous others that Blair was living in a fantasyland. Perhaps now that the New York Times itself has weighed in with its 7,000-word mea culpa, your writers will get their sea legs back and be willing to stand squarely with Blair’s victims and not with Blair’s works of fiction.