Monday, May 31, 2004

Jayson Blair, failed poet?

The Smoking Gun Web site may have found out what led to the plagiarism scandal at the New York Times: Jayson Blair was a failed poet.

The Smoking Gun found several of Blair's poems still posted on his student Web page on the University of Maryland's site.

Looking at the clumsy, error-ridden verse, one might be inclined to say it's a good thing he had journalism to fall back on -- only we all know better.

One can only wonder how things may have been different had Blair pursued his passion instead of becoming a journalist.

Who knows: If only he had talent, he might have been serving coffee somewhere while struggling to gain recognition for his art.

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