I’ve forgotten why

A former New York Times executive editor has been accused of plagiarism in a new book looking at how journalism has evolved over the last decade.

Jill Abramson, whose book Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts was published this week, has denied claims of plagiarism but promised to “review the passages in question”.

The claims were made by Vice journalist Michael Moynihan, who accused Abramson of lifting passages from publications such as The New Yorker, Time Out and the Columbia Journalism Review.

The forgotten being why Abramson left – or had to leave? – the NYT. And I’m not interested enough to go look it up. Her Guardian pieces don’t fill with enough glee to bother. They’re not loopy enough to mock, wrong enough to fact check. Just very boring mainstream – mainstream for a NYC liberal that is, considerably loopy by real world standards but still not sui generis. I’ve never seen any piece where she’s said anything you could’t guess at before reading once you knew the underlying subject.

Now we know why of course, we’d read it before elsewhere.

5 thoughts on “I’ve forgotten why”

  1. She’s disliked in media whoredom because her book describes how the New York Times and others have completely lost their shit in the Age of Trump and now openly operate as propagandists of the liberal establishment and corporate advertisers (same thing), whereas previously they at least had some semi-plausible pretence of objectivity.

    Not that Jill is a MAGA-American by any stretch, she just seems to still believe that what’s written in the funny papers should have some sort of relationship with the truth.

    You’ll note the same media attacking Abramson went easy on the dubious just-so stories of Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff in their anti-Trump fanfic publications, because they were critiquing the hated Enemy, instead of the fearless fourth estate.

  2. I saw one of the passages mentioned and it seemed to me that when 2 people write about the same thing there’s going to be some level of commonality, especially if it involves quotes. Though I’m sure that when it comes down to it the standard for what counts as plagiarism will depend on who is attacking who

  3. Perhaps Jill’s father was a Tom Lehrer fan.

    And what was the secret of Nikola Ivanovich Lobachevsky’s success?

    ‘I am never forget the day I first meet the great Lobachevsky. In one word he told me secret of success in mathematics: Plagiarize!’ – Tom Lehrer 1953

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