Articles about "Fabrication"


How many journalists directly contacted Jonah Lehrer about fabrication, plagiarism accusations?

Jonah Lehrer told Los Angeles Magazine's Amy Wallace that reporters following the story of his downfall had abandoned the basic tenets of journalism: "Despite the avalanche of coverage, he said, I was only the third person to contact him for comment."

That statement presented the media-reporting establishment with an unbearable irony: Had journalists bypassed a basic mechanism of journalism while writing about another journalist's alleged sins?

Part of the problem with looking at something like this is that Lehrer had people speaking on his behalf. His website lists only contact information for his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and his speaking agency. (more...)
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7 ways to make your work easy to fact check

Recent media incidents involving fabrication, plagiarism and untruthsJonah Lehrer, Fareed Zakaria and Niall Ferguson — have underscored the importance of keeping one’s facts straight and making them easy for others to check.

Each case demonstrated what … Read more

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Yale Daily News finds errors, problematic quotes, but no fabrication in Liane Membis’ work

The Yale Daily News has completed its review of reporting by Liane Membis, a former staff reporter who was fired from an internship at the Wall Street Journal this summer after fabricating quotes from sources in several stories. (The Huffington … Read more

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Wired.com investigator on latest Jonah Lehrer plagiarism: ‘I think the safety net has eroded’

Longtime science journalist Charles Seife was vaguely familiar with Jonah Lehrer’s work before Wired.com asked him two weeks ago to investigate a sample of blog posts for plagiarism, fabrication and other shortcuts.

“I didn’t have any pre-existing thoughts that this … Read more

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Wired severs ties with Jonah Lehrer after investigator finds 22 more examples of plagiarism, recycling

Slate | Wired
Wired.com asked NYU journalism professor Charles Seife to investigate Jonah Lehrer's work for the website after it was revealed that the writer had recycled some of his own material for New Yorker posts and had fabricated quotes in one of his books. For reasons that are unclear, Wired.com did not publish the results of Seife's investigation, but Slate did.

Seife reviewed 18 posts and found 14 instances in which Lehrer recycled his own work, five posts that included material directly from press releases, three posts that plagiarized from other writers, four posts with problematic quotations and four that had problematic facts. Here's a table summarizing his findings: (more...)
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Timeline of Jonah Lehrer plagiarism, fabrication revelations

June 19: Jim Romenesko reported that Jonah Lehrer recycled material for a New Yorker story
June 19: Joe Coscarelli published additional examples of Lehrer recycling material in New Yorker blog posts
June 19: Jacob Silverman found examples of Lehrer recycling in stories for The New York Times
June 20: Edward Champion published a comprehensive catalog of Lehrer's recycling
June 20: Lehrer apologized for recycling his own material
June 21: New Yorker editor David Remnick said, "...if he were making things up or appropriating other people’s work that’s one level of crime.”
July 30: Michael Moynihan revealed fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in Lehrer’s “Imagine”
July 30: Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker (more...)
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Why the emphasis on young, promising journalists who plagiarize or fabricate?

Usually after an article of mine is published, I go back and reread it several times over the next 48 hours. This is mostly a masochistic exercise. I cringe over inelegant sentences and other things I failed to see and … Read more

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Another source claims Lehrer misconduct: ‘I know I didn’t say’ half of that

WhatIWannaKnow.com | Michael Moynihan | Slate
Milton Glaser, the artist best known for inventing the "I ♥ NY" logo, tells interviewer Ryan Kohls he never said half of what Jonah Lehrer attributed to him in his book "Imagine." He also calls Lehrer's behavior "self-sabotage."
Well, it was so odd the whole thing. First off, I felt so sad for the poor guy. Here he was, his future guaranteed, top of the world working for the New Yorker, writing a book that had already sold 200,000 copies, and he shot himself. How could he have done that knowing it was inevitable he would be discovered? What kind of madness? Why would anybody do that? The self-sabotage to that degree was incomprehensible. I looked back at what I had said and half of it I know I didn’t say. ... If you had modest intelligence, why would you set yourself up for the disaster of your life that would ruin your life forever? He will never recover from this.
Michael Moynihan, the journalist who first uncovered Lehrer's fabrications in "Imagine," corroborates on Twitter: "A few weeks back, I briefly corresponded with the great Milton Glaser regarding his appearance in Lehrer's Imagine. ... There was a quote that was supposedly from [Lehrer's] interview w/him that appeared lifted from another source. Glaser told me that while ... the info was generally correct, he 'believe[d] parts of it were picked up from other articles and parts were not in my voice.' "

Moynihan provided the two quotes by email: (more...)
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Pity Wired’s fact-checkers if Jonah Lehrer writes again for the magazine

Update: BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith broke the news Wednesday that Wired is keeping confessed fabricator, problematic science writer, and self-plagiarist Jonah Lehrer on contract.

Wired spokesman Jonathan Hammond told the site that Lehrer had “a couple of pieces that were already … Read more

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How to handle plagiarism and fabrication allegations

Editors often call us in a panic. A reader or another journalist has shown them credible evidence that one of their writers has plagiarized the work of others or, more rarely, suggested that sources, quotes or other information are fabricated.… Read more

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