Jayson Blair is a study in compassionate racism

Monday, May 19, 2003 at 1:00am

As newspaper editors convened denial-control meetings, New York Times executive editor Howell Raines went ahead and admitted what was obvious to anyone without a blankie over his head: Of course it's about race.

Howell was talking about the Times' failure to handle properly the now-infamous Jayson Blair affair, regarding the 27-year-old reporter who fabricated many of the front-page stories he penned during his nearly four-year Times career.

A Times in-house investigation revealed that Blair had faked datelines and interviews, invented quotes and plagiarized. Even though the newspaper ran dozens of corrections to stories under Blair's byline

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