Former 'NYT' Executive Editor Jill Abramson Responds To Plagiarism Allegations

Jill Abramson Faces Accusations of Plagiarism in New Book ‘Merchants of Truth’

Ex-NYT Editor Jill Abramson Defends Herself Against Plagiarism Claims

Speaking on Fox, Abramson said that "there are 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information" and that some Vice employees may merely be upset that she wrote critically of the news outlet.

Yesterday's reversal was only the latest in what has been a rocky launch for Abramson's examination of disruption in the news industry over the past decade.

When the book hit shelves, Moynihan uncovered multiple instances of what he describes as plagiarism.

The thread, which focussed on three chapters Abramson wrote on the media company Vice, highlighted paragraphs containing language that appeared to be lifted from material published in Time Out, the New Yorker and the Columbia Journalism Review. Abramson's outsized role in journalism is also the reason why her work is receiving so much scrutiny.

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"I certainly didn't plagiarize in my book", Abramson said in an interview Wednesday on Fox News segment "The Story With Martha MacCallum".

"The book is over 500 pages", Abramson told CNN. She was sacked three years later after frequently clashing with fellow staff members, and now teaches creative writing at Harvard University. It is widely believed that an outside source should be credited in the body of the work if there is a close similarity.

It's jaw-dropping that the most basic, essential rules appear to have been ignored here, in a highly publicized book by a big name journalist who teaches at Harvard about writing and journalism.

[UPDATE, 6:15 PM EST]: Abramson spoke with NPR's Michel Martin about the plagiarism allegations. My book has 70 pages of footnotes, and almost 100 source citations in the Vice chapters alone. But she laments that perhaps she did not spend "enough" money on fact-checking and the assistants who helped with research and "in some cases, the drafting of parts of the book".

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Abramson addressed the accusations herself on Twitter Wednesday night, writing, "The attacks on my book from some @vicenews reflect their unhappiness with what I consider a balanced portrayal".

Abramson never responded to the criticisms head on, beyond tweeting that the copies of the book sent out were uncorrected and then quietly making changes to the final version.

"I wouldn't want even a misplaced comma so I will promptly fix these footnotes and quotations as I have corrected other material that Vice contested", Abramson wrote, noting that Vice had previously pointed out factual mistakes. And what is the problem here is that though I did cite these publications and tried to credit everybody perfectly, you know, I fell short. "Or put in quotations in the book". "The [footnotes] don't match up with the right pages in a few cases and this was unintentional and will be promptly corrected". "I'm going to fix those pronto and am determined to make my book flawless and will fix these things as absolutely soon as I can".

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