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Former editor of NY Times acknowledges sourcing errors in book

NEW YORK (AP) – The former executive editor of The New York Times Thursday acknowledged that her new book & # 39; Merchants of Truth & # 39; some sourcing errors and said they would correct them.

In an e-mail Thursday to , Jill Abramson wrote that some page numbers had to be restored in sourcing notes and that some sources "should have been cited as quotes in the text".

"In some cases, the notes do not match the correct pages, and this was unintended and will be corrected immediately." The language is too close in some cases and should be quoted as quotations in the text. ", she wrote.

A Twitter discussion posted on Wednesday by Vice-correspondent Michael C. Moynihan listed some examples of passages in Abramson's book that closely resembled the work of other publications, including Time Out and The New Yorker.

"I would not even want a misplaced comma, so I will quickly record these footnotes and quotes, as I have corrected other material that contested Vice," Abramson wrote, noting that Vice had previously pointed out factual errors.

"The book is more than 500 pages, all ideas in the book are original, all opinions are mine, the passages in question contain facts that should have been perfectly stated in my footnotes and not."

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Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, waves as she speaks at the start ceremony at Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, NC, Monday, May 19, 2014. "What is the next step for me? I do not know. is in exactly the same boat as many of you, "Abramson told the Class of 2014 Monday morning. The Times announced last week that Abramson was replaced by editor-in-chief Dean Baquet. (AP Photo / Nell Redmond)

FILE – In this photo of April 19, 2010, Jill Abramson attends the Matrix Awards 2010, presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Former editor of the New York Times, Abramson, is faced with allegations that she has removed material from other sources for her book "Merchants of Truth & # 39 ;. Abramson disputed the allegations on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2019, appearance on Fox News. (AP Photo / Evan Agostini, file)

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, listens during a panel discussion on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, USA, on Sunday, August 26, 2012. The discussion, held across the river from the Republican National Convention, was sponsored by Bloomberg, the Annenberg Center of the University of Southern California on Communication, Leadership and Policy and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at the University of Harvard. Photographer: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks at the start ceremony at Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, NC, Monday, May 19, 2014. "What is the future for me? I do not know. M in exactly the same boat like many of you, "Abramson told the Class of Monday morning 2014. The Times announced last week that Abramson was replaced by editor-in-chief Dean Baquet. (AP Photo / Nell Redmond)

WINSTON SALEM, NC: Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor at the New York Times, arrives with faculty members and staff at Wake Forest University start-up ceremonies on May 19, 2014 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Abramson provided the starting address at the university, her first public remarks since she was abruptly absolved from her position last Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Keane / Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Journalist Jill Abramson participates in a panel discussion at LeadOn: Watermark's Silicon Valley Conference for Women at Santa Clara Convention Center on February 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth / Getty Images for LeadOn: Watermark & ​​# 39; s Silicon Valley Conference for Women)

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 24: (LR) Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson, journalist Jill Abramson, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and creator of the Before I Die project Candy Chang poses backstage at LeadOn: Watermark's Silicon Valley conference women at Santa Clara Convention Center on February 24, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth / Getty Images for LeadOn: Watermark & ​​# 39; s Silicon Valley Conference for Women)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Richard Socarides, head of Public Affairs at GLG and Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, visits GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) on December 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers / Getty Images for GLG)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 06: Martha MacCallum and Jill Abramson saw during a recording of The Story with Martha MacCallum & # 39; in Fox News Channel Studios on 7 February 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez / Getty Images)




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Abramson had defended herself by saying that her book contains extensive endnotes, including web links to sources. It is generally assumed that an external source must be credited in the body of the work if there is a close resemblance.

Abramson's book, entitled "The Business of News and the Fight for Facts," was published this week by Simon & Schuster. It is a critique of the media that focuses on two leading newspapers, the Times and The Washington Post, together with Vice and fellow digital company BuzzFeed.

"In writing" Merchants of Truth & # 39; I tried to accurately and accurately mention the many hundreds of sources that were part of my research, "she wrote to the AP." My book contains 70 page's footnotes and 100 source references in the Vice chapters only, including The New Yorker, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Ryerson Review of Journalism and a master's thesis, the sources of which. Moynihan says I committed plagiarism. "

& Merchants of Truth & # 39; Mistakes Vice for sexism and hypocrisy, among other criticism, and vice in turn, Abramson has taken over.

"Never thought in my wildest dreams that the former exec editor of NYT at @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @ Suroosh Alvi, vice-founder, tweeted Wednesday. "Imagine that you plagiarize a book about ethics – littered with factual errors – and then the Traders of Truth & # 39; calls. Hats off for you @JillAbramson! "

Abramson is an old journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Times and the Wall Street Journal, alongside other publications, and whose previous books & Strange Justice & # 39; contain, written with Jane Mayer. In 2011 she made history as the first woman to become the editor of the Times, but three years later she was fired by repeated confrontations with colleagues. She currently teaches creative writing at Harvard University.

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