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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.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. WNBC is Quiet as Sue Simmons Delivers Final Newscast Tonight, June 15
  2. Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run at WNBC, Wants to Be ‘Employed Somewhere Else at Some Point,‘ June 16
  3. Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs, June 14
  4. WLNY Morning Team for Live from the Couch, June 18
  5. Alec Baldwin Punches Daily News Photographer, References Trayvon Martin, June 19
  6. Jonah Lehrer‘s Situation Gets Worse [Update], June 20
  7. WNBC Names Shiba Russell as Sue Simmons‘ Replacement, June 18

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Jonah Lehrer’s Situation Gets Worse [Update]

Jonah Lehrer, formerly of Wired and recently hired by The New Yorker, is in serious trouble. Jim Romenesko pointed out that Lehrer lifted parts of a New Yorker piece from one he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, and the situation has snowballed since then. New York’s Daily Intel noted several other instances of Lehrer plagiarizing himself and now Edward Champion explains that Lehrer recycled material for his book, Imagine. Poynter also found that he lifted quotes from a story written by someone else:

An editor’s note at the foot of his excellent New Yorker piece on brainstorming says some Noam Chomsky quotes within it ‘were not made directly to Jonah Lehrer’ and that ‘Chomsky and his colleague were interviewed by Peter Dizikes for his article in the November/December issue of Technology Review.’ Gulp.

Gulp indeed. As of now, the only comment from the New Yorker is from its web editor, Nicholas Thompson, who called the plagiarizing “a mistake.” A slew of Lehrer’s posts on his “Frontal Cortex” blog also have editors notes tacked onto them. But how long until Lehrer gets the axe? He can’t possibly keep his job after all this, can he?

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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. YES Network’s Michael Kay (left) Goes to Blows on Twitter with College Student, June 7
  2. Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter, June 2
  3. Sue Simmons Final Day at WNBC is June 15, June 4
  4. Roger Ailes Cancels Paper Subscription Out of Spite, June 1
  5. Gawker Changes Commenting System (Again), Commenters Go Crazy (Again), June 4
  6. Jonah Lehrer Departs Wired for The New Yorker, June 5

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Jonah Lehrer Departs Wired for The New Yorker

Jonah Lehrer is leaving his spot at Wired to join The New Yorker as a staff writer. Lehrer is a published author — How We Decide, Proust Was a Neuroscientist and Imagine — and his work has appeared in several publications, including The New York Times MagazineNature and Outside.

At Wired, Lehrer writes, “I’ll no longer be a contributing editor at Wired, where I’ve spent the last several years. I’m saddened by this, as I’m a huge fan of the magazine and website and I’ve tremendously enjoyed working with my editors at Wired.”

His blog, Frontal Cortex, is now housed at The New Yorker’s site.

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