I haven’t touched on the scandal over Jayson Blair and The New York Times mainly because it’s been covered in more depth by others such as Andrew Sullivan. Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit also has a good compendium of information on the scandal as well.
It looks very bad for the Times, although they’ve done everything to deserve such treatment. Howell Raines, the managing editor, seems to have been willing to ignore Blair’s questionable activities so long as he toed the editorial line. I don’t feel this is a racial issue (even though Jayson Blair is black), I have the feeling it’s more the kind of petty office favoritism that often develops in a place with poor and disinterested management. As Howard Kurtz finds:
Some Times staffers say what they call Raines’s "autocratic" management style – a "culture of favoritism," as one described it – helps explain why Blair was deemed untouchable. Since Raines took over in September 2001, several top editors – including the national editor, assistant national editor and two investigative editors – have either left the paper or moved to other assignments. Staffers have complained that Raines runs a top-heavy "Politburo" in which their influence was greatly reduced and managers were categorized as being either on or off the team.
Hopefully Raines will step down (unlikely) or be fired, and someone with better management skills will provide actual leadership in the wake of this scandal.