Famously Bad Journalist Apologizes With $10K

Stephen Glass continues to apologize for making up a bunch of stories
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2015 11:08 AM CDT
Famously discredited journalist Stephen Glass sent a $10,000 apology check to Harper's Magazine this week.   (AP Photo/CBS News, file)

(Newser) – Stephen Glass—the one-time journalist most famous for embellishing, plagiarizing, or outright making up countless articles in the late '90s—sent $10,000 to Harper's Magazine this week as part of his ongoing atonement, the New York Times reports. “I want to make right that part of my many transgressions,” he writes in a letter he sent to three current and former Harper's employees. “I recognize that repaying Harper’s will not remedy my wrongdoing, make us even, or undo what I did wrong. That said, I did not deserve the money that Harper’s paid me and it should be returned.”

Glass was specifically apologizing for an article he wrote on his experiences as a phone-in psychic, the Times reports. That article was published in 1998, the same year his many journalistic transgressions came to light. CNN points out Glass isn't completely done with his sins against journalism: He misspelled the name of one of the three people he sent the letter to. Glass, whose reputation is currently hurting his quest to become a lawyer, says he plans on repaying other publications, as well.

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