Jill Abramson accused of lifting material for her book "Merchants of Truth"

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After initially standing by her new book completely following accusations of plagiarism, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson is now acknowledging that some passages of her book comes "too close" to the source material. On Wednesday, she responded that some criticisms arose from Vice's unhappiness with "Merchants of Truth" and its portrait of hypocrisy and sexism. Abramson maintained that she stayed behind her work "100 percent". On Wednesday, Michael Moynihan of Vice News claimed passages of the book were "often not true" or were "plagiarized".

One of the clearest examples of the alleged plagiarism was found between a section from Merchants of Truth and an article in The Columbia Journalism Review about Facebook's quality news algorithm.

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.

"It's hard to think that you could read that book seriously, especially with the title. when she's kind of stealing from other journalists", Weeks, now the digital publisher for Rogers Media, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael C. Moynihan listed several examples of passages in Abramson's book that closely resembled the work of others.

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

When asked if there could've been an attribution or footnote issue in the book, the former Times editor replied: "No, I don't think this is an issue at all".

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"There are some suggestions that some parts of the book could be plagiarized", MacCallum began.

Abramson has defended herself by saying that her book includes extensive end notes, including web links to sources.

But Thursday, in an interview with NPR, she admitted she "fell short".

Jill Abramson, former managing editor and executive editor of The New York Times, speaks at 2014 Pennsylvania Conference For Women in Philadelphia. "Or put in quotations in the book".

"The notes don't match up with the right pages in a few cases, and this was unintentional and will be promptly corrected", Abramson wrote to the AP. "I'm going to fix those pronto and am determined to make my book flawless and will fix these things as absolutely soon as I can".

Abramson appears to be dodging any major responsibilities, however, promising that changes will be made in order to make her book "flawless". She now teaches creative writing at Harvard University. Author Corey Robin noticed in February 2018 that a paragraph in her New York Magazine feature "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas" appeared to mimic portions of a 2016 article on the justice by Think Progress's Ian Millhiser.

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