It became clear Jonah Lehrer had fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan when it was discovered he was able to get coherent quotes from Bob Dylan.— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) July 30, 2012
Ha! It’s funny, because it’s true!
As Twitchy reported earlier, Tablet magazine exposed New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer’s fabricated Dylan quotes today.
More from Tablet’s article, titled “Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions; The celebrated journalist fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works”:
Over the next three weeks, Lehrer stonewalled, misled, and, eventually, outright lied to me. Yesterday, Lehrer finally confessed that he has never met or corresponded with Jeff Rosen, Dylan’s manager; he has never seen an unexpurgated version of Dylan’s interview for No Direction Home, something he offered up to stymie my search; that a missing quote he claimed could be found in an episode of Dylan’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” cannot, in fact, be found there; and that a 1995 radio interview, supposedly available in a printed collection of Dylan interviews called The Fiddler Now Upspoke, also didn’t exist. When, three weeks after our first contact, I asked Lehrer to explain his deceptions, he responded, for the first time in our communication, forthrightly: “I couldn’t find the original sources,” he said. “I panicked. And I’m deeply sorry for lying.”
Lehrer has since resigned from the New Yorker, saying “the lies are over now.”
More from Poynter:
“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
Not over? The hilarious mockery.
And now comes the #DylanQuotes hashtag, trending along with “Bob Dylan” and “Jonah Lehrer.”
Some are trying to kill the hilarious buzz!
Indeed. And the discipline is side-splitting! Keep them coming, Twitter.