When this sort of thing happens, you wonder how much else was, shall we say, embellished for effect.
The whole thing is saddening because Lehrer is so obviously brilliant and talented – just as Johann Hari is. But accountability matters; and these two precocious talents have rightly taken their lumps and will, I fervently hope, return to better days soon.
Agreed on both counts. I’ve read two of Lehrer’s three books, and enjoyed both. They were well-written; obviously I didn’t know much about the science, and nor was I in any position to verify their accuracy, but they seemed to be logically argued. I am baffled about these latest allegations (that he fabricated Bob Dylan quotes for Imagine). This is a graver sin than his previous “self-plagiarism.”