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Former NY Times editor Jill Abramson denies she plagiarized in new book, 'Merchants of Truth'


She has pledged to review the passages in question

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A Vice News correspondent has accused former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson of plagiarism in her new book, "Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts."

Vice News' Michael Moynihan took to Twitter Wednesday to post several examples of excerpts that he claimed were lifted from other publications.

"*All three* chapters on Vice were clotted with mistakes. Lots of them. The truth promised in Merchants of Truth was often not true. While trying to corroborate certain claims, I noticed that it also contained...plagiarized passages," Moynihan tweeted.
Abramson denied the accusations.

"All I can tell you is I certainly didn't plagiarize in my book," Abramson told Martha MacCallum during an interview on Fox News Wednesday. "There are 70 pages of footnotes showing where I got the information."

She went on to say that she believed she was being criticized by Vice News reporters who were unhappy with her portrayal of the publication, which she referred to as "balanced."

But later that night, she wrote on Twitter that she would be reviewing the "passages in question."

"I endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research," Abramson tweeted.

"I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question," she wrote in another tweet.

What did the passages say?

What did the publisher say?

In a statement to the Daily Beast, publisher Simon & Schuster said Abramson's book was "exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced," adding that, if necessary, it would work with the author to make revisions.

"Jill Abramson's book MERCHANTS OF TRUTH is an important, exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced book about the media business in a critical moment of transition," the statement read.

"It has been published with an extraordinary degree of transparency toward its subjects: each of the four news organizations covered in the book was given ample time and opportunity to comment on the content, and where appropriate the author made changes and corrections.

"If upon further examination changes or attributions are deemed necessary we stand ready to work with the author in making those revisions."

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