Sussing out a charming newsroom sociopath isn’t so easy

May 3, 2004
Category: Uncategorized

Washington Post (reg. req.)
Charles Lane knows; he was Stephen Glass‘s editor at the New Republic. “We extended normal human trust to someone who basically lacked a conscience,” says Lane. “We busy, friendly folks, were no match for such a willful deceiver. …We thought Glass was interested in our personal lives, or our struggles with work, and we thought it was because he cared. Actually, it was all about sizing us up and searching for vulnerabilities. What we saw as concern was actually contempt.”
> “A specter is haunting the newsroom — a specter of deceit” (MiHerald)
> How much more of this self-inflicted damage can papers endure? (SFC)