Former New York Times executive editor accused of plagiarism in new book on journalism

Former New York Times executive editor accused of plagiarism in new book on journalism

The book’s publisher Simon & Schuster describes the book as “the definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade”, tracking the progress of The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and Vice over that period. 

It has been praised by American writers Walter Isaacson and Gay Talese, while a number of journalists rushed to defend Abramson online. 

Iain Macwhirter, a columnist for the Scottish Herald, wrote: “Best book about journalism around, period… Row about ‘misgendered’ Millennial is out of all proportion. Lectures on accuracy from Vice? Come on.”

Macwhirter added: “When does reporting facts become plagiarism?  Fascinating controversy over author @JillAbramson – accused for copying the following from another publication.  But if it is reported fact, and there is proper attribution, what is the problem?”

Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday night, Abramson disputed the allegations, saying: “All I can tell you is I certainly didn’t plagiarise in my book and there’s 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information.” 

She also suggested “the attacks” from some at Vice News “reflect their unhappiness with what I consider a balanced portrayal”. 

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