Why They Lie: Probing the Explanations for Journalistic Cheating

Authors

  • Ivor Shapiro Ryerson University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2006v31n1a1595

Keywords:

Journalism -- Ethics, Newspaper policy, Institutional communication

Abstract

This Revew Essay examines four books that offer a variery of explanations fabrication and plagiarism within journalism. They include explanations offered by the two most famous recent perpetrators of fabrication (Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass), as well as an analysis of the recent scandals at the New York Times and of cheating in the wider society. Among the explanations probed are workplace pressure, the "star" system in journalism, and the culture of trust and lack of policing within news organizations. Simpler explanations are rejected, including pure ambition, lack of ability, dysfunctional management, and affirmative action.

Author Biography

Ivor Shapiro, Ryerson University

Ivor Shapiro is a professor and Director of Magazine Journalism at Ryerson University.

Published

2006-03-30