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.
— marc tracy (@marcatracy) July 30, 2012
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.”
Jonah Lehrer has resigned from the New Yorker and apologized to me. Not that this matters, but I accept his apology and wish him luck.
— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) July 30, 2012
Jonah Lehrer statement: "The lies are over now … I want to apologize to everyone I have let down." http://t.co/1BUEXF5O
— Poynter (@Poynter) July 30, 2012
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.
Journalist #Protip: When making up quotes, avoid Dylan. Just stick with Egyptian cabbies.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 30, 2012
Jonah Lehrer didn't mean to fabricate Bob Dylan quotes, he just couldn't understand the words to his songs.
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 30, 2012
I think my favorite Dylan lyric has to be "Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat." Ended Vietnam war.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 30, 2012
Bob Dylan taught me a lot about reverse mortgages.
— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 30, 2012
"Romney 2012" — Bob Dylan.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 30, 2012
"Hey, I just met you/ and this is crazy/ but here's my number/ so call me, maybe?" – Bob Dylan
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 30, 2012
And now comes the #DylanQuotes hashtag, trending along with “Bob Dylan” and “Jonah Lehrer.”
"You didn't build that – somebody else made that happen." #DylanQuotes
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) July 30, 2012
"You have to buy the album to hear what's in it." #DylanQuotes
— Megawatt Herb Drench (@mdrache) July 30, 2012
"It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done, and everybody must get stoned." #DylanQuotes
— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) July 30, 2012
"Luke, I am your father." #DylanQuotes
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) July 30, 2012
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 30, 2012
— Roger Smith (@Nuk3dawg) July 30, 2012
"Ich bin ein Berliner" -Bob Dylan #DylanQuotes
— EvRo (@_EvRo_) July 30, 2012
"I like big butts and I can not lie, You other brothers can't deny" Bob dylan #DylanQuotes
— Bita Lee (@bitalee) July 30, 2012
"You're an idiot, babe, it's a wonder that you still know how to read your TelePrompTer." #DylanQuotes
— Steve Maley (@VladimirRS) July 30, 2012
"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." #DylanQuotes
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) July 30, 2012
The answer, my friend, is hovering somewhere in the lower stratosphere. #DylanQuotes
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 30, 2012
Some are trying to kill the hilarious buzz!
"Writing tweets that contain fake quotes by me is already no longer funny." — Bob Dylan
— Jonathan Shainin (@jonathanshainin) July 30, 2012
"For the love of God, please stop fake quoting me on Twitter. The joke is over." – Bob Dylan
— Ben Dimiero (@bendimiero) July 30, 2012
"Twitter alone levies discipline." –Bob DYlan
— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) July 30, 2012
Indeed. And the discipline is side-splitting! Keep them coming, Twitter.