Knight Foundation pays $20,000 to Jonah Lehrer for speech about his lies

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16 Responses to “Knight Foundation pays $20,000 to Jonah Lehrer for speech about his lies”

  1. Rick Adams says:

    Yeah, I would say that making twenty-thousand for being an asshole leaves a “bad taste” in my mouth.

    Shit, I could talk about being an asshole eight-hours-a-day for a month for that much money, and I’d still have plenty of material afterward. I’m starting to think Mr. Lehrer isn’t the only asshole in this story.

  2. madopal says:

    Wait, and to heap on…did Forbes just use the word “humblebrag” in a headline?  What’s next, them using butthurt when talking about political fights?

  3. Verbatim says:

    I like how Radiolab still has a post up that says “The notion that Jonah is a “plagiarist” is beyond ridiculous.” then another that says “Hey, we checked all our shows that Jonah worked on, and they’re still alright. Well, we might have had to change a couple of them.” No “we were wrong” or “he fooled us, too”. Just “he’s our pal, and we don’t think he lied to *us*, anyway”. Can’t wait to hear this week’s repeat: “Lies, liars, and lie catchers. And the strange power of lying to yourself. Deception is on-air across the country this week.”

  4. waytomuchair says:

    That’s cool… but KITT could have probably used an updated rear spoiler instead. Or maybe Onstar.

  5. Philboyd Studge says:

    Read title as “Tom” Lehrer, left quite disappointed.

  6. SedanChair says:

    Having to accept such paltry honoraria: hasn’t he suffered enough?

  7. gracchus says:

    After Lehrer got caught I suspected that he might be a beneficiary of what I call the “Glass Floor.” Looks like that’s happened.

    The term is one I thought of back in my dot-com days, when I frequently saw it in action. It’s an analogue to the famous “Glass Ceiling,” the invisible and unspoken barrier which prevents advancement in organisations beyond a certain level for certain people (usually those with duskier skin hues or vaginas).

    The “Glass Floor,” conversely, ensures that certain individuals (usually white, usually with penises) will *never* be allowed to fail, no matter how much they screw up, no matter their congenital incompetence. The worst that can happen after one of their inevitable debacles is temporary stasis, but more often they’re rewarded with promotions, more money, etc.

    Exactly why this happens I’m not sure. A lot of it comes down to social connections and the salesman’s superficial charm and ability for self-promotion, I know. But I’m betting a lot of it has to do with the fact that the people propping him up have invested so much of their own reputations in the screw-up that if he’s allowed to crash and burn their credibility will suffer, too.

    So you’re correct, Rob, this grifter is only going on to greater things.

  8. Thad Boyd says:

    Oh for fuck’s sake.

    Hey, Knight Foundation.  I was the man on the grassy knoll, I created Harry Potter, I killed Osama bin Laden, and I was the one who cancelled Star Trek.  As a special bonus, I also just cribbed a line from The Simpsons and attempted to pass it off as my own.

    If you need more lies before you are willing to give me twenty thousand dollars, I will be happy to think of some.

  9. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    Should payments for speeches from Lehrer be referred to as ‘dishonoraria’?

  10. showme says:

    Yo, dawg, I heard you like lies so I put a lie on one of your lies so you can lie while you lie!

  11. DavidFairbanks says:

    I feel like I should blame the free market now.  

  12. Fef says:

    OK, folks, help me out: I’m trying to determine the source of the closing Bob Dylan quote that he ‘actually said’, “Failure is both necessary and terrible.” I Googled it, and that only circled back to this speech. 

    (a) Legit quote, or (b) can the guy just not help himself, or (c) was he snickering to himself on the way out?

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