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Sunday, May 30, 2004

Tony Blair admits: Jayson Blair my son

British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that reporter Jayson Blair, who quit The New York Times after he had plagiarised and fabricated dozens of stories, is his son.
Tony said he and his wife Cherie had dumped Jayson in New York when he was a new-born infant soon after they discovered his skin color.
Jayson was found by a do-gooder and taken to an orphanage in Manhattan. Later in life, Jayson lied and pretended to be of African American descent.
Jayson had quit The Times last May after admitting that he lied in many of his reports, while Tony is under pressure to quit since many months after his critics say he lied over the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The British prime minister admitted he felt very guilty about his act and said he was in talks with Jayson for his safe return to the United Kingdom.
Cherie said she felt the same emotions and assured Jayson that she would ensure he got a job in a British tabloid which is known for faking stories. She would not reveal the tabloid's name for fear of someone sabotaging his job prospects.
In the one-line statement released to the world press, the senior Blairs said from 10 Downing Street, 'We love you, Jayson Blair!'
Jayson Blair refused to comment on the latest revelation.


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