New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan criticized the paper's decision to publish an article promoting specious allegations of plagiarism against historian Rick Perlstein.

The August 4 Times article chronicled the "serious accusations conservative author and publicist Craig Shirley has leveled against Perlstein's new book, Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Richard Nixon And The Rise of Ronald Reagan. Shirley has threatened to sue for $25 million in damages and has asked for all copies of the book to be destroyed because Perlstein paraphrased facts that he reported in his own Reagan biography.

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