At first, I didn't think much of how a New York Times reporter apparently had a history of making things up as he went along. I thought it was just another case of the NYT discovering fraud and taking appropriate actions.
But I forgot which country we live in. The so-caled "colorblind" white establishment quickly noticed the color of Jayson Blair's skin, and started asking questions relating to how he benefitted from it. Howard Kurtz wondered aloud if a "middle-aged hack" would have gotten away with a fraction of what Blair did if the skin color was white. Mickey Kaus blames the whole Blair incident on affirmative action - even though he admits plenty of "qualified" white journalists were caught doing exactly what Blair was doing. Instapundit Glenn Renoylds suddenly has an epiphany despite earlier misgivings that racial preferences is wholly to blame, and Accuracy In The Media made no secret of their belief that the NYT's quest for diversity inevitably led to this fallout.
Now, let's set aside the fact that just over five percent of newroom employees are black and that this fact should not make the quota hawks fear a takeover of negro reporters that will lower the journalistic standards of the newspaper. Only those who are truly "colorblind" to the state of racial antagonism targeted towards blacks would fail to detect the rank hypocrisy of how this reporter is being treated and how similarly disgraced WHITE reporters are not crucified as representatives of their race.
I just watched the 60 Minutes report of the New Republic journalist Charles Glass and how he made up a lot of the things he wrote in his articles. He even went so far as to create a website purportedly created by the hackers he's "exposing". Has anyone castigated the New Republic for hiring "unqualified" white writers? How about writers who are Jewish? Nope, Glass was afforded his individuality, and now he was given a six-figure advance on the novel he just published based on his escapades as a liar in print.
You don't think that's an example of white affirmative action? How about this? Seems as if New York Times veterans R.W Apple, Jr. and Adam Clymer are allowed to keep their jobs, even though they had a higher error percentage rating than Blair. Or how about Jeff Gerth and all the other political reporters who knowingly printed lies about the Whitewater non-scandal, or about the purported "lies" told by Al Gore during his presidential campaign?
It's sickening. We have corporate scandals precipitated by Enron which have been caused by rich white guys, but one - JUST ONE - black guy messes up, then it's time to question the very issue of affirmative action and "diversity".