Fabricator Glass: "I wanted every story to be a home run"

Washington Post

Stephen Glass has written a book -- it's fiction, of course -- and tells "60 Minutes" he's saying sorry he made up stories. Steve Kroft says of Glass: "He portrayed himself as someone who was really sort of hopeless, and wasn't good enough to do this without cheating." Ex-New Republic editor Charles Lane -- he fired Glass in 1998 -- says he's stunned "that someone could do what Steve did and cash in on it, but I guess that's the way America works these days. If Steve were as contrite as he purports to be on national television, the more appropriate first step would have been to contact the numbers of people at the New Republic who were his close friends and tell them individually and personally how sorry he feels."

> The novel's narrator, Stephen, is a "Washington Weekly" writer (NYT/r.r.)

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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