Film screening tomorrow: Plagiarism, power and the New York Times
15 August 2013
The UK’s biggest documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, have selected A Fragile Trust as one of the highlights of their 20th anniversary programme and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to Liverpool with a Q&A from the films director and producer on Wednesday 21 August.
Jason Blair was a reporter with the New York Times who almost bought the paper to its knees when it emerged that he had plagiarized or simply fabricated the majority of his stories. Every major news outlet picked up on the story and the ‘Blair Affair’ made headlines around the world. The fact that Jason was African-American was emphasised continuously and the story ran and ran with allegations of drug abuse, racism, mental illness, and deception at one of America’s most well respected companies.
The story follows Blair as his career unravels and he attempts to keep hold of his job even as he struggles with mental health difficulties. It looks at power, ethics, race and representation in the mainstream of American media.
This is the first time that the entire story has been told, with exclusive contributions from Blair himself and the managing editor of the NYT, Howell Raines. A Fragile Trust is a unique and powerful look at an incredibly important time for journalism and reporting. With more and more publications moving to online only, and more people getting their news from Blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the topic of truth, lies and power in the media is now more important than ever.
Tickets for the screening, with an introduction from Doc/Fest programmer Hussain Currimbhoy and a Q&A from Director Samantha Grant and Producer Brittney Shepherd, are on sale now from the Box Office, by phone on 0871 902 5737 and online.