Posted: 07/30/2012 - HuffPost
On Monday, The Tablet's Michael Moynihan reported that he questioned Lehrer about several quotes that he could not verify. When confronted with the piece, Lehrer confirmed that he made up quotes up.
The allegations surfaced just over a month after Lehrer was found guilty of recycling his own work. At the time, he apologized and the New Yorker assured readers that Lehrer made a "mistake" that he would not make again.
The newest allegations prompted Lehrer to apologize and resign from his job as a staff writer at the New Yorker on Monday. "The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes," he admitted. "But I told Mr. Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan’s representatives."
Click over to the New York Times for the full text of Lehrer's statement. Julie Bosman reported that New Yorker editor David Remnick issued this statement about the scandal: "This is a terrifically sad situation, but, in the end, what is most important is the integrity of what we publish and what we stand for."
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be stopping shipments of "Imagine" and taking the e-book off the market while it determines how to handle the book going forward.