By Diogenes (articles ) | May 15, 2003 4:58 AM
Rod Dreher discusses the New York Time's tardy dismissal of reporter and scam-artist Jayson Blair:
The church scandal is not really about a relative few child-molesting clerics, but the reckless management of bishops. Similarly, while Mr. Blair, who is black, bears ultimate responsibility for his professional sins, one 27-year-old reporter is no more exemplary of the Times newsroom, or minorities in journalism, than Rudy Kos is of the Catholic priesthood. The real fault lies with the Times' top editors -- the bishops of the broadsheet -- who knew exactly what kind of destruction Mr. Blair stood to wreak, and promoted him anyway. It only takes one or a few bad men to do extraordinary damage to an institution that depends on the faith and confidence of the people it serves. In both cases, upper management preferred to ignore mounting evidence of employee corruption.
Prediction: Dreher will not be invited to address the USCCB this November.
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