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Jonah Lehrer says he's sorry, again

Serial plagiarist and fabricator Jonah Lehrer wants readers to know he made a "mistake." That's according to the introduction for his latest book, an exploration about intimate human relationships called "A Book About Love." In the book, his first solo effort since being outed for fabricating quotes by Bob Dylan and cribbing work from other authors, Lehrer says he's … Read More
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PBS burned by its own fireworks coverage, admits using old video

PBS apparently celebrated the nation's independence by rather freely using video from another Fourth of July celebration. A Monday night production, "A Capitol Fourth" was not live as-advertised, as it was "spliced in with video from previous years' spectacles," as NBC News reported. It apparently didn't take FBI or Secret Service teams to discern the skullduggery. Many viewers took … Read More
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In court files, Rolling Stone author describes how story came apart

"'The subject line of my email was ‘our worst nightmare,’ and that was true,' Erdely wrote in the court filing. 'The experience of losing faith in Jackie’s credibility was devastating and disorienting.'"

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Mother Jones toes the ethical line in undercover exposé

Shane Bauer spent months as an undercover prison guard for a compelling Mother Jones longread. But he didn't lie on his resume, preserving an important reporters' guideline: Never misrepresent yourself.

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Ask the Ethicist: How big are the problems with Gay Talese's book?

Gay Talese is apparently standing by his work. The nonfiction master defended his upcoming volume, "The Voyeur’s Motel," on Friday in a statement to The New York Times, saying that he's "not disavowing the book, and neither is my publisher." His remarks are a complete about-face from his position on Thursday, when he told The Washington Post he … Read More
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Ask the ethicist: Should CNN have hired Corey Lewandowski?

CNN drew a fair share of criticism — and some shrugs — when it announced Thursday the hiring of recently fired Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a political commentator. The pushback from journalists was twofold. First, Lewandowski was recorded on video manhandling Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields (he was arrested for battery; the charges … Read More
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Should the media get live cameras in the House? For C-SPAN, it's a battle long fought — and lost

The live image on C-SPAN wobbled late Thursday morning and lacked its normal clarity as Rep. Ben Lujan of New Mexico raised a distinctly rhetorical question on the U.S. House floor. "Why didn't C-SPAN turn the cameras on" when a Democratic sit-in protest over gun control legislation began nearly 24 hours earlier? The answer was simple: "It's not C-SPAN that … Read More
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Donald Trump: Punisher-in-chief?

"The all-but-confirmed standard-bearer of one of the United States’s two major political parties is actively stripping credentials from news organizations that report things that he deems unfair or inaccurate."

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New York Times editor: After Orlando shooting, don't editorialize on social media

Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, reminded the newsroom on Monday that, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, they shouldn't use their social media accounts to editorialize, promote their political views or take sides on controversial issues. Here's the memo, sent to the newsroom an hour ago: Colleagues: In the middle of … Read More
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