Rolling Stone Gives Journalist a Chance

By | July 22, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Stephen Glass, a writer who was fired from the New Republic magazine for fabricating stories, is being given another chance by Rolling Stone, another magazine he wrote for.

Glass has been assigned a story on Canadian marijuana laws, Stu Zakim, a spokesman for the magazine, said Monday. The assignment was first reported by New York magazine.

A previous story that Glass wrote for Rolling Stone resulted in a lawsuit. D.A.R.E, an anti-drug program, sued the magazine in 1999 over Glass’s story about the group, part of which he admitted making up.

Zakim said Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner felt it was worth giving Glass another chance. Wenner himself was not available for comment.

“He’s a good reporter for this kind of story,” Zakim said. “Jann trusts his gut and believes that this is the right thing to do. It’s the beauty of being the owner of a company.”

Glass was fired from the New Republic in 1998 after admitting to fabricating stories for that magazine and others where he freelanced.