Following Plagiarism Accusations, Jill Abramson Says She’ll ‘Review The Passages In Question’

The former New York Times executive editor was called out by Vice reporter Michael Moynihan, who cited several examples of alleged plagiarism in her book.

Hours after saying she’d stand behind her new book 100 percent following accusations of that Merchants of Truth included numerous instances of plagiarism, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said she took the allegations seriously and would “review the passages in question.”

In a series of tweets early Wednesday evening, Vice News reporter Michael Moynihan detailed several examples of what he said were blatant cases of Abramson plagiarizing others’ work in her book. Noting that chapters the famed editor had devoted to his outlet were riddled with errors, Moynihan stated that he further noticed that passages had been plagiarized.

Moynihan also highlighted that the examples he found were only in those three chapters, leaving open the possibility that the book may be absolutely littered with writing lifted from others.

Another writer, author Ian Frisch, also pinpointed passages in Abramson’s book that he claimed she too directly from a magazine he ran earlier this decade.

Shortly after Moynihan tweeted his accusation, Abramson appeared on Fox News’ The Story and was asked by host Martha MacCallum to respond to the allegations. “I certainly didn’t plagiarize in my book,” she responded, adding that there are over 70 pages of footnotes showing where she got all her information.

Pressed further and asked if it were possible that this is a footnote issue, Abramson denied that as a possibility and said she stood by her work 100 percent. Furthermore, she noted that some Vice employees were unhappy with her book but also said she hadn’t seen Moynihan’s Twitter thread, as it had only gone up minutes earlier.

A couple of hours following her Fox News hit, Abramson tweeted that the “attacks” on her book reflected Vice staffers’ “unhappiness with what I consider a balanced portrayal.” She then addressed the allegations themselves.

Her publisher Simon & Schuster also released a statement, claiming that all four news outlets covered in the book had been given ample time to comment on the content before publication and that Abramson had made changes where deemed necessary. They added: “If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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