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.