Time and CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for plagiarism

Fareed Zakaria was suspended after he accepted he copied material from another writer's work.


Reuters August 11, 2012

NEW YORK: CNN host and Time magazine contributing  editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria was suspended by his employers on  Friday after he acknowledged copying material for a recent column he wrote about gun control from another writer.    

Time said it was suspending Zakaria for one month, "pending further review," and CNN said it had also suspended him for his journalistic misstep. CNN put no time limit on its suspension.

The sanctions came after Zakaria issued a public apology for borrowing from a recent New Yorker essay about gun control for a column he wrote for Time this week.

"Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore’s essay in the April 23rd issue of the New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake," Zakaria wrote in his apology.

"It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault."

Ali Zelenko, a spokesman for Time, said the magazine accepted Zakaria's apology but felt compelled to act against him because he had violated its standards for all columnists.

"Their work must not only be factual but original; their view must not only be their own but their words as well,” Zelenko said.

CNN said its suspension of Zakaria was due to the fact that he wrote a blog post on CNN.com that was similar to his Time column and included "similar unattributed excerpts."

Indian-born Zakaria studied at Yale and Harvard, was managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and then editor of Newsweek International for ten years before moving to CNN in 2010 to host Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Friday's public embarrassment for Zakaria followed a recent scandal involving New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer, who resigned on July 30.

Lehrer, a science journalist and author, quit after  admitting that he made up quotes from legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in his book Imagine: How Creativity Works.

COMMENTS (18)

GLOC | 8 years ago | Reply

Express Tribune very often censors reader comments not in line with its editorial policy. On the other hand it posted the blatantly Islamaphobic comment of G. Din, for which this paper should apologize. What G. Din wrote was sloppy in the extreme as it made Fareed Zakaria of all people a showcase of Muslim behavior, and that is a poor reflection on G. Din himself.

vinit | 8 years ago | Reply

Fareed Zakaria was made popular by american establishment,because he toed their line. Just because one speaks good english is no criteria for being a good columnist.U.S. Govt.is known to "cultivate" such persons.His father was a staunch congress politician who opposed U.S. everywhere anytime.But strangely he could not mold his own son.We in India have many communist/socialist politicians who opposed U.S. through their life,but their sons/daughters comfortably settled in U.S. I am sure there must be such politicians in Pakistan too who oppose U.S. every time but their sons are comfortably settled in U.S..

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