Mental Illness in the Case of Jayson Blair’
“I don’t know where the sickness ends and the gaming began” the words of a colleague of Jayson Blair’s.
Do sickness and gaming have to be related just as do lying and sickness have a correlation? Isn’t is possible that this is a man driven by hunger for fame and fortune. Or could it have been the social and political pressures of Jayson Blair’ career field and environment?
Greed is a choice. Just as is plagiarism. Just as is fabrication. But is mental illness a choice/decision?
Jayson Blair chose to fabricate facts. His lies can be traced back to his high school writing when he claimed to have quoted a friend. Later to be questioned over the matter he simply shrugged off the matter. It is also apparent in the fact 31 of his 76 articles for The New York Times were either fabricated or plagiarized.
Jayson Blair chose to never apology. Throughout the documentary “A Fragile Trust,” by Samantha Grant he never once apologizes for his actions.
Jayson Blair chose to remain in a career field where he will see no growth due to his lack of sympathy and empathy. It is clear Jayson Blair is still hungry for fame and acceptance.This is apparent in lack of sales of his novel, “Burning Down My Masters House,” and countless interviews promoting his endeavors.
And yet there are tones of mental illness in his case. The fact he felt as if he never fit in. The stress in the workplace of The New York Times. The pressure of his desires on his back.
It is difficult to choose aside when there are so many different angles involved. Not to mention the difficulty that it is identifying and understanding what mental illness truly is.
It is frustrating to watch this and stomach his defense as someone who deals with mental illness. It is unfair and somewhat puts labels on the millions that do suffer from mental health issues. And yet his claims are legitimate because there are thousands of reasons and symptoms of mental illness.
This brings about the question is pathological lying part of being mentally ill? Could Jayson Blair’s defense provide the world with more insight on what mental illness is and how it can change one persons life forever.