Finding of Blair's truth gives nation consequences

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 1:00am

Jayson Blair has opened the proverbial can o' worms. The now-infamous black fabulist, who resigned from The New York Times after being exposed as a near-sociopathic liar and plagiarist, effectively has eviscerated the Times' pro-diversity policy and invited gawkers to poke at the innards of affirmative action.

It was bound to happen.

Blair is the product of a perfect storm of good intentions on a collision course with Lady Justice. For at their root, policies that hire an unqualified person over a qualified person because of race, creed, gender or religion are fundamentally unfair. Eventually, truth will win out, and Blair inadvertently provided the key.

For better or worse, we are all exposed. What we do with that exposure

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