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Jonah Lehrer Shopping Book About Love

Jonah Lehrer is back. Or at least, he’s trying. According to Slate, Lehrer — who was repeatedly busted for lying, then said he only did so because he’s smarter than everyone else — is currently shopping a book about the science of love.

While Lehrer deserves a fifth chance, we imagine that any publishing house that agrees to go in with him will do so with a certain amount of worry. Then again, Lehrer’s book could end up being a huge hit, because you can never doubt the public’s ability to consume anything produced by a celebrity, no matter how loose that word is defined.

However, if Lehrer’s love book gets published, we’re going to compare his words to our copy of The Notebook. You know, just to be sure.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Kate Upton Graces Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover for Second Straight Year, February 8

2. Former Staffer Alleges String of Bad Decisions By Fox 5 Management, February 12

3. Let’s Guess Who is Buying Time Inc., February 13

4. T: The New York Times Style Magazine Gets a New Logo, February 8

5. Jonah Lehrer: I Lied Because I’m Smart, February 12

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Knight Foundation is Sorry for Paying Lying Jonah Lehrer $20K to Talk About Lying

The Knight Foundation has issued an apology for paying Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at its media seminar. ”Controversial speakers should have platforms, but Knight Foundation should not have put itself into a position tantamount to rewarding people who have violated the basic tenets of journalism,” reads a statement on its website. “We regret our mistake.”

It’s hilarious that they’re only now realizing that yeah, maybe this wasn’t so smart. How did it take this long? This is how we imagine the heads of Knight Foundation reacted after Lehrer’s speech ended:

Guy 1: “Hmm… This fellow sure made some puzzling choices.”

Guy 2: “Yup, that’s Jonah Lehrer, he lied his way into a job with The New Yorker, among other things.”

Guy 1: “Oh, that Jonah Lehrer. So wait, we just paid $20,000 to a dude who consciously crapped all over journalism?”

Guy 2: “Hahaha! Yeah, he’s kind of a dick.”

Guy 1: “We’re gonna need to apologize.”

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Jonah Lehrer: I Lied Because I’m Smart [Update]

Today Jonah Lehrer, a man who was found guilty of plagiarism and just plain lying (making up Bob Dylan quotes, for example) so many times that we lost count, tried to kick off his redemption tour at the Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar. It didn’t go so well. We’ve highlighted some of his best quotes below.

I need rules because I don’t trust myself to not be arrogant. I need my rules to force me to confront my mistakes, to force me to deal with them every day.

Here’s a funny “rule” to try sometime: Don’t make shit up.

I’m just trying to grapple with my own arrogance and come up with the rules that force me every day to contain it.

It can be quite difficult to grapple with arrogance! But bravo for trying, dear Jonah. You are a brave person. Much braver than people who are not obnoxiously self-centered.

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Here is More Plagiarism by Jonah Lehrer Just in Case You Haven’t Reached Your Weekly Quota

As you know, Jonah Lehrer has been busted over and over and over again for plagiarism and at times, just completely making stuff up. FishbowlNY stopped covering the story because there was new examples of Lehrer screwing his career almost every day.

However, just in case you still care, we thought we’d point out that a writer for Reason has uncovered more copying by Lehrer.

So have at it! And don’t worry, if you can’t read Reason’s piece, there will be more “Lehrer plagiarized this” stories.

Fareed Zakaria Might Have Definitely Plagiarized The New Yorker [Update]

Fareed Zakaria is in trouble for an article on gun control he penned for Time. Well, maybe we should say “he penned/ripped from a New Yorker article in April.” Newsbusters reports that Zakaria’s essay, “The Case for Gun Control,” lifts whole sections from an article in the New Yorker by Jill Lepore.

Have a look for yourself.

Zakaria’s piece:

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic. Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed: Indiana in 1820, Tennessee and Virginia in 1838, Alabama in 1839 and Ohio in 1859. Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas (Texas!) explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.

Compare that with this section from Lepore’s article:

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Viacom Takes Pro Gay Marriage Stance, July 27
  2. Jonah Lehrer (left) Resigns From The New Yorker, July 30
  3. The Daily Drops a Third of its Staff, July 31
  4. Jonah Lehrer Might Have Been Addicted to Lying, July 31
  5. WPIX Anchor Kaity Tong Takes Stand in Former Boss’ Age Discrimination Suit, July 26
  6. WPIX Catches WNYW in Morning Race, July 27
  7. WNYW Keeps Distance at 10 P.M., as Greg Kelly Marks One-Month, August 2

 

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Jonah Lehrer’s Publisher Runs Ads Telling Stores to Send Back His Book

The hits keep coming for Jonah Lehrer and those involved with promoting his work. According to paidContent, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher of Lehrer’s Imaginewhich contained fabricated Bob Dylan quotes — is running digital ads asking bookstores to send back the book for a full refund.

“HMH is asking retail and wholesale accounts to stop selling copies of IMAGINE and to return unsold inventory to the publisher for full credit,” reads the ad.

The notice was spotted in an email newsletter that targets booksellers.

Jonah Lehrer Might Have Been Addicted to Lying

In an interview with Salon, Jayson Blair says that Jonah Lehrer’s tale reminds him of his own. Blair gives some great insight, and as we read the interview, we couldn’t help but notice how often the themes of addiction came up in Blair’s answers.

We understand that these are Bair’s comments and not Leher’s, but below are some excerpts that made us wonder: Was Lehrer addicted to lying?

Often people come into the office seeking me out because of what I went through and what I did, and they say to me, ‘I’ve done this really bad thing and I don’t ever want to do it again.’ And they come back two weeks later and say, ‘I did it again. I can’t stop the cycle once it starts.’ There are fire walls in life, things you never want to do, lines you never want to cross, because once you cross that line it becomes easier to do it again.

Addiction is a cycle. It starts with some feeling — insecurity, loneliness, etc. — and then progresses into a behavior meant to silence that unpleasant feeling, even if that behavior is something that will make things worse. But it stops the “pain” briefly, just long enough to make a person consider doing it again.

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Jonah Lehrer Resigns from The New Yorker

Well, the saga of Jonah Lehrer is officially over. The New York Times reports that Lehrer — who was busted recycling stories for his New Yorker blog — has resigned from the magazine after he was caught fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in a book he wrote. The latest accusations came from Tablet, the online magazine.

Add this to everything else, and you see that Lehrer has built quite the career (well, had built quite the career) out of being a liar.

Via the Times, a snippet of Lehrer’s statement:

The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers. I also owe a sincere apology to Mr. Moynihan [author of the Tablet article]. I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed. I have resigned my position as staff writer at The New Yorker.

Everyone who actually believes Lehrer when he says that “the lies are over now,” please congratulate yourself, because you’re a more optimistic person than us.

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