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"A Fragile Trust" lays it all out, sometimes in manipulative ways, but always with clarity, so that you understand what happened and how it happened.
Lightness of touch is missing from the film, which features animated graphics and an ominous score.
Director Samantha Grant chronicles an ignominious but fascinating chapter in modern journalism in this solid doc.
On the most basic level, [Grant] tells a clear and thorough story about the most damaging plagiarism scandal in the history of America's flagship newspaper, and about the ambiguous and troubled individual who sparked it.
It's a swift, vivid movie, but 10 years past the scandal, not much is new.
While mostly well made, and certain to serve as a handy précis for the J-school set, A Fragile Trust is more a soiling reminder than a revelation for anyone already familiar with Blair's case.
The real scandal at the NYT is not Jayson Blair's plagiarism but the paper of record's incestuous relationship to the military-industrial complex.
A frustrating waste of a good opportunity.
Looking closely at journalism today makes it look like messy sausage making, similar to the legislative process the press criticizes. . . fostering an enabling environment.
A Fragile Trust [...] does little more than rehash the story [of reporter Jayson Blair] for those who missed it the first time around, without ever finding much of a bigger picture.
Plagiarist Jayson Blair takes up too much of the doc's time given his unflattering, close-up appearance and compulsive use of "um" and "you know."
One of the Gray Lady's most embarrassing moments comes to complex life in this tough-minded analysis that explores issues of race, affirmative action and institutional inertia.
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