NEW YORK — Former New York Times govt editor Jill Abramson is coping with allegations that she lifted material from completely different sources for her new book, “Merchants of Truth.” Abramson and her author are promising to investigate.
A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists numerous examples of passages in “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” that fastidiously resemble material in The New Yorker, Time Out and completely different publications. Released this week and praised by Walter Isaacson and Gay Talese amongst others, “Merchants of Truth” is a critique of the data enterprise focused on two long-running newspapers, the Times and the Washington Post, along with Vice and fellow digital agency BuzzFeed.
“I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question,” Abramson tweeted Wednesday evening time. “I endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research.” She has beforehand been criticized for alleged factual errors, with reporters at Vice and PBS amongst these faulting her. On Wednesday, she responded that some criticisms arose from Vice’s unhappiness with “Merchants of Truth” and its portrait of hypocrisy and sexism. Abramson tweeted that her book offered “a balanced portrayal.”
In a separate assertion, Simon & Schuster wrote that Abramson’s book had given “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.”
Appearing Wednesday evening time on Fox News, Abramson disputed the allegations, saying: “All I can tell you is I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book and there’s 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information.” Writers are normally anticipated to credit score rating their sources straight throughout the physique of the textual content material if the material is comparable.
For her book, Abramson was assisted by John Stillman, whom she credit score with serving to her with evaluation, reporting and writing. Stillman, a contract journalist who has written for Gothamist and The Awl amongst others, declined comment when reached by telephone Wednesday evening time.
Abramson wrote for the Times and the Wall Street Journal amongst others sooner than turning into the Times’ first female govt editor in 2011, definitely one in every of journalism’s most prestigious and influential positions. She was fired three years later after typically clashing with fellow workers members, and presently teaches creative writing at Harvard University.
Her earlier works embrace “Strange Justice,” a book about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that was co-written by Jane Mayer.