Jill Abramson admits error in plagiarism accusation

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But after the show, she tweeted that she intends to "take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question".

The author's recently released literary offering, 'Merchants of Truth, ' has been billed as "the definitive in-the-room account of the revolution that has swept the news industry".

He then tweeted out a series of passages from the final copy of the book, alongside other articles and essays which he believed used very similar language.

"Many people from Vice have been taking issue with the book", she said.

Two journalists accused Jill Abramson of copying previously published material and set out on Twitter more than a dozen passages from the book which repeated nearly word for word other sources without attribution.

"Vice News Tonight" correspondent Michael Moynihan earlier on Wednesday called Abramson out on Twitter - not only for the plagiarism but for "enormous factual errors" and "single or unsourced claims" found in her new book.

Abramson has also attracted attention in recent days for stating in The Cut that she doesn't record interviews. "He lamented the liberal views of his magazine's readers, saying they were 'brainwashed by communist propaganda'".

Abramson initially dismissed the allegations on Twitter and Fox News, calling them as "attacks" by Vice employees disgruntled by her "balanced" portrayal of the company.

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"I certainly didn't plagiarize my book", Abramson told Fox News' Martha MacCallum, pointing out that there are "70 pages of footnotes" in the book showing where she got her information.

But in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday, Abramson admitted that "the language is too close in some cases and should have been cited as quotations in the text".

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

Abramson appears to be dodging any major responsibilities, however, promising that changes will be made in order to make her book "flawless". Numerous passages show Abramson's book lifting identical sentences from sources, while others show slightly rearranged phrasing or substituted words.

When asked for comment on Weeks' case specifically, the publisher emailed the same statement again. In 2011, she made history as the first woman to be the Times' executive editor, but was sacked three years later amid repeated clashes with colleagues.

She was sacked three years later after frequently clashing with fellow staff members.

The controversy could become a bit of a black eye for Abramson's current employer, Harvard University, which hired the former Times editor to teach creative writing. I tried above all to accurately and properly give attribution to the many hundreds of sources that were part of my research.

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