I was surprised that the New Yorker' kept Jonah Lehrer around after it was revealed that he was repurposing work from earlier pieces. I was especially surprised that the New Yorker hung onto him when Edward Champion found that Lehrer plagiarized from Malcolm Gladwell.
Now, Lehrer's time at the New Yorker is finally over. It took an investigation from Tablet about Bob Dylan quotes that appear in Lehrer's book Imagine. At least three of them couldn't be sourced. Tablet reached Lehrer for comment:
Over the next three weeks, Lehrer stonewalled, mislead 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 finally resigned from the New Yorker. That certainly went on for much longer than it had to.