Jonah Lehrer resigns, declares lies to be over after Bob Dylan fiasco
No one is cutting Jonah Lehrer any slack.
Earlier this year, controversy surrounding Lehrer snowballed when it was discovered that he had reused articles for various publications, leading to allegations of self-plagiarism both in periodicals and in his latest book, Imagine. Now, another related incident has caused Lehrer to step down from his position as staff writer at The New Yorker.
In an article for the online magazine Tablet, writer Michael C. Moynihan questioned Lehrer on his use of Bob Dylan quotes in Imagine, which he believed were misquoted or did not exist. A statement released earlier today by Lehrer reveals the incident in full: "I told Mr. Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan's representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic. When Mr. Moynihan followed up, I continued to lie, and say things I should not have said."
Lehrer resigned from his post with an air of solemnity, stating, "The lies are over now."