Jonah Lehrer says in a statement:
Three weeks ago, I received an email from journalist Michael Moynihan asking about Bob Dylan quotes in my book ‘Imagine.’ The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes. But 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.
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. 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.
* Jonah Lehrer resigns from New Yorker after making up Dylan quotes for his book (NYTimes.com)
* Celebrated journalist fabricated Dylan quotes in his new book (Tabletmag.com)
* Tablet blogger: “I’m not somebody who desires to nail a scalp to the wall” (observer.com)
JONAH LEHRER TIMELINE:
* June 19: Romenesko tipster notices Lehrer’s New Yorker post borrows from earlier WSJ piece
* June 20: Lehrer apologizes for recycling his material, says “it was a stupid thing to do”
* June 20: Questions about Lehrer’s reporting were raised in 2009
* June 21: David Remnick says the New Yorker isn’t dropping Lehrer
* June 21: Wired is reviewing 300 of Lehrer’s blog posts
* June 23: “I didn’t have a fiendish plan to bust Jonah Lehrer,” says Romenesko tipster
* July 17: Why hasn’t Lehrer returned to the New Yorker? (He’s working on a story, mag says)