VANITY FAIR: Scandal of Record

by Seth Mnookin

Back at her office, Macarena Hernandez had also seen Blair’s story and had immediately recognized entire passages of her piece—lifted nearly verbatim. She was furious. Hernandez knew Blair. The two had been part of the same minority internship program at the Times in 1999. Now, four years later, it appeared as if Blair had brazenly ripped her off. “It was just completely obvious that he had taken major chunks of [my story],” Hernandez says.

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Excerpted from Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, by Seth Mnookin, published iby Random House; © 2004 by the author.