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Magazine Acknowledges Fake Articles

June 12, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A monthlong internal inquiry by The New Republic has found that 27 of the 41 articles that Stephen Glass wrote for the weekly magazine over the past three years contained at least partly made up material.

Six articles, three of which the journal has acknowledged as fake, ``could be considered entirely or nearly entirely made up,″ the New Republic says in its upcoming issue. Many others by the 25-year-old journalist were ``a blend of fact and fiction. ... We offer no excuses for any of this. Only our deepest apologies to all concerned.″

Glass was fired last month as an associate editor after confessing he had ``embellished″ a story about computer hackers. The article ran in the magazine’s May 18 issue.

Glass did not contest the findings and apologized this week in letters to Charles Lane, the magazine’s editor, and Martin Peretz, the owner and editor in chief.

``From our point of view, we have completed our investigation,″ Lane said today. ``We feel we know everything that’s important to know. We feel that we’ve presented our fullest accounting to the public.″

Lane has said Glass ``deliberately deceived″ the magazines fact-checkers with forged notes, fabricated documents, fake press releases as well as a bogus Web site. In other cases, Lane said, Glass told fact-checkers that ``certain sources he had were so deep and so dark that they’d asked not to be called back.″

He said reader comment has ranged from angry to understanding. ``I don’t believe lasting damage has been done to the credibility of the magazine although certainly this is not the kind of episode we’d like,″ he said.

Glass’s attorney, Gerson Zweifach, said Glass had no immediate plans to offer a public explanation.

``He’s cooperating with The New Republic and any other publisher who asks,″ Zweifach said.

George magazine has said Glass used two fabricated quotes in a profile of Vernon Jordan, one of President Clinton’s closest friends.

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