Not too long ago, The New Republic received a near-perfect resume from a young man named Adam Wheeler, who was vying for a literary internship at the magazine. The three-page document boasted a 4.0 GPA from Harvard, 18 prize and scholarship awards, invitations to lecture, two working manuscripts and proficiency in Old English, Classical Armenian and Old Persian.
In a testament to their vetting process, the magazine rejected Wheeler, who has been thrust into the national spotlight for allegedly fabricating his entire docket of accomplishments in a "Talented Mr. Ripley"-meets-Clark Rockefeller scenario. (Wheeler today plead not guilty to 20 charges of fraud and identity theft.)
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