Knight Foundation is Sorry for Paying Lying Jonah Lehrer $20K to Talk About Lying

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By Chris O'Shea Comment

The Knight Foundation has issued an apology for paying Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at its media seminar.¬†“Controversial speakers should have platforms, but Knight Foundation should not have put itself into a position tantamount to rewarding people who have violated the basic tenets of journalism,” reads a statement on its website. “We regret our mistake.”

It’s hilarious that they’re only now realizing that yeah, maybe¬†this wasn’t so smart. How did it take this long? This is how we imagine the heads of Knight Foundation reacted after Lehrer’s speech ended:

Guy 1: “Hmm… This fellow sure made some puzzling choices.”

Guy 2: “Yup, that’s Jonah Lehrer, he lied his way into a job with The New Yorker, among other things.”

Guy 1: “Oh, that Jonah Lehrer. So wait, we just paid $20,000 to a dude who consciously crapped all over journalism?”

Guy 2: “Hahaha! Yeah, he’s kind of a dick.”

Guy 1: “We’re gonna need to apologize.”

[Image – Knight Foundation]
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