Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer on the New Yorker magazine, has resigned after admitting that he fabricated Bob Dylan’s quotes in a book.
He had previously dismissed claims about falsifying the quotes in his best-selling book, Imagine: how creativity works, but finally came clean yesterday.
In a statement issued through the book’s publisher he explained that he had received an email from another journalist, Michael Moynihan, asking about Dylan’s quotes. Lehrer said:
“The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes.
But I told Mr Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan’s representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic. When Mr Moynihan followed up, I continued to lie, and say things I should not have said.”
Lehrer’s admission of both making up and misattributing quotes followed an article by Moynihan in Tablet magazine in which he mentioned other complaints about Lehrer’s journalistic work.
The New York Times reported that Lehrer had been forced to apologise for recycling some of his previous work from the Wall Street Journal, Wired and other publications in blog posts for the New Yorker.
The New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, said of Lehrer’s resignation: “This is a terrifically sad situation but, in the end, what is most important is the integrity of what we publish and what we stand for.”
And the publishers of Lehrer’s book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said it would recall copies. According to the Wall Street Journal, Barnes and Noble and Amazon are halting the sale of digital and print copies of the book.
Imagine is Lehrer’s third book. He graduated with a degree in neuroscience from New York’s Columbia University and then took a masters at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.
[Jonah Lehrer via poptech / Flickr]
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."
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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.
“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.
By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.
‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’
President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."