I was shocked, then, as these things go, shocked not at all to learn that Jayson Blair, ex-fabricator for the NYT, has repositioned himself as a “life coach!” Blair was part of that Bush-era wave of truth-benders that included, among others, the Times’ Judith Miller and Oprah whipping boy James Frey.
In his four years at the Times, Blair wrote nearly 600 articles about the war in Iraq, many of them factually suspect or, worse, distorted by design. Well, who better to handle your “career crisis” than someone like that?! Oh, and Blair’s also able to guide you through the choppy waters of substance abuse and bipolar disorder! Blair’s website makes no mention of his past misdeeds, but there’s no mistaking his still-evident talents as a writer:
I firmly believe in harnesses the beautiful things about mental illness—whether its creativity and depth, or energy and daydreaming—so that the client can live a safe and healthy life without giving up the things that make them unique.
In Slate: Blair, Bliar