Knight: We Regret Paying Jonah Lehrer

    NEW YORK, NY - May 29:  Science writer and contributer to Radio Lab, Jonah Lehrer attends the "You and Your Irrational Brain" panel discussion at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City in conjunction with the World Science Festival on May 29, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for World Science Festival) *** Local Caption *** Jonah Lehrer

    Lehrer in May 2008. (Thos Robinson/Getty for World Science Festival)

    Look on the bright side, Knight Foundation. Maybe Jonah Lehrer will use this money for an ethics class. The nonprofit group wrote in a blog post Wednesday that it “regretted” paying disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference. “We started considering Lehrer as a speaker before his plagiarism scandal broke last year,” the Knight Foundation wrote. But, the foundation said, they “accepted the risk” after the scandal broke, thinking that his tale would be “poignant” at a decision-making conference. The group has been widely criticized since Lehrer’s talk Tuesday, especially after Knight Foundation president Erik Wemple described it as “significantly more about [Lehrer] than I had expected.”

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