He has been a lively and compelling voice and has helped make the history of science come alive for listeners....Radiolab has not used Jonah as a standalone authority on any topic within an episode.And a journalist who repeatedly fails to correct errors when they're pointed out is, in my opinion, exhibiting reckless disregard for the truth.
In Imagine, he didn't just make up quotes from Bob Dylan; he twisted words and reversed their meanings.
He accused Lehrer of grossly oversimplifying complicated scientific issues and habitually using "slippery language", such as treating creativity and imagination as synonyms when they actually describe different phenomena.
If I had known of Lehrer’s deceptions before writing my piece, I would have tried to argue that the book would have been just as absurd and nonsensical even if every word of it had been true.
Starting in 2012, Lehrer was discovered to have routinely recycled his earlier work, plagiarised widely from colleagues, and misused quotes and facts.
His third book, Imagine: How Creativity Works (2012), began the scrutiny when freelance journalist Michael Moynihan identified multiple fabrications including six quotes attributed to musician Bob Dylan.