Former The New Republic star Stephen Glass visited Duke University today. During his talk, he dropped an astounding number:
In his conversation with students in News as a Moral Battleground, a class on journalism ethics taught by Bill Adair, Knight professor of the practice of journalism and public policy, Glass said he made the payments based on what the organizations [TNR, Rolling Stone, Policy Review] had paid him, plus interest.
“I should have done it earlier,” Glass said of the repayments. “I took that money and wrote lies.”
Presumably, the amount includes the $10,000 Glass previously repaid Harper’s. On a side note, as part of ongoing efforts to be perceived as genuinely reformed, Glass turned down a stipend to cover his Duke expenses.
On Twitter, skeptical journalists were quick to demand verification. Read the rest of the report by Duke Chronicle editor in chief Amrith Ramkumar here.
Update (April 15):
Per some direct accounting with iMediaEthics, the Glass remedial total is now up to $234,791.58.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Stephen Glass: From Bad-Guy Journalist to Good-Guy Law Firm Employee