Present and former Vice correspondents are kicking up a Twitter storm over what they claim is a string of inaccuracies in Jill Abramson’s soon-to-be-released book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.”
The book is due to hit shelves on Feb. 5, but publisher Simon & Schuster has been circulating galley copies in advance as part of the pre-release publicity blitz.
Vice News on-air correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross said that in the galleys she was described as “transgender” — and quickly skewered Abramson for the flub, posting a photocopy of the offending paragraph on Twitter.
“During our chat, I told her I’m a queer, gender-nonconforming woman. She didn’t ask for an explanation. She didn’t ask for my pronouns,” Duhaime-Ross wrote on Twitter.
But Duhaime-Ross also said that Abramson had five other errors, and said Abramson tried to portray her as inexperienced even though Duhaime-Ross had a master’s degree and had worked for two and a half years at the Verge before joining Vice as an environmental correspondent.
Abramson told Media Ink that the transgender description was omitted before the book went to its first printing and that she had in fact praised Duhaime-Ross in the book.
Another Vice correspondent, Danny Gold, said he was portrayed as acting in a reckless manner for not covering himself with protective clothing while covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia for Vice.
“Wow, this is a straight up lie in @JillAbramson’s book,” Gold tweeted. “I was this reporter. Like every other reporter there, I was told by experts not to walk around with a PPE [personal protective equipment] unless you were in the ICU. I also worked alongside Times reporters, who A. Gave me that advice and B. Did the same.”
And Elle Reeve, who won four Emmy awards for reporting on the white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, said the mention of her also contained errors. One Twitter user noted that the site of the march was listed as Charlottesville, North Carolina.
Abramson on Twitter responded, “The photos of pages circulating from my book are from uncorrected galleys, which have a clear disclaimer saying ‘Please do not quote for publication without checking the finished book.’ Please do check out a finished copy of ‘Merchants of Truth,’ available Feb. 5.”
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