‘New York Times’ Editor Now Accused of Plagiarism In New Autobiography

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson stands accused of plagiarism in her new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.”

The accusation was made by a writer for Vice News who set about to corroborate some of Abramson’s claims in her book.

After finding some major problems in Abramson’s book, writer Michael Moynihan took to Twitter to make a startling accusation:

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“*All three* chapters on Vice were clotted with mistakes. Lots of them. The truth promised in Merchants of Truth was often not true. While trying to corroborate certain claims, I noticed that it also contained…plagiarized passages,” he wrote on Wednesday.

Moynihan went on to give very specific examples:

The above are just a few examples of what Moynihan tweeted out.

Abramson initially came out claiming she was totally innocent.

“All I can tell you is I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book,” Abramson told Martha MacCallum on Fox News Wednesday. “There are 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information.”

However, she later left the door open for a revision of her staunch denial and tweeted out that she “endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research.”

So far, her publisher is standing behind her work. In a recent statement, Simon & Schuster said:

“Jill Abramson’s book MERCHANTS OF TRUTH is an important, exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced book about the media business in a critical moment of transition.”

“It has been published with an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects: each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections.

“If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions.”

We will have to see where this all goes, but plagiarism is a very serious charge for a writer.

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