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Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria over alleged plagiarism

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Time magazine Friday suspended journalist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria for a month after alleged plagiarism in a recent gun control column.

CNN, later in the day, also suspended Zakaria’s Sunday show “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” which focuses on international issues.

In a statement, CNN said: “We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s Time column, for which he has apologized. He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com on the same issue which included similar unattributed excerpts. That blog post has been removed and CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review.”

Time appended Zakaria’s formal apology at the end of the article:

“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 22nd issue of The New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her, to my editors at TIME, and to my readers.”

Time then added this note:

“TIME accepts Fareed’s apology, but what he did violates our own standards for our columnists, which is that their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well. As a result, we are suspending Fareed’s column for a month, pending further review.”

Mediabistro did a side-by-side sample comparison of a paragraph he wrote and one originally written by Jill Lepore. Here’s Zakaria’s:

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic. Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed: Indiana in 1820, Tennessee and Virginia in 1838, Alabama in 1839 and Ohio in 1859. Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas (Texas!) explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.

And here’s Lepore’s:

As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start. Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed: Indiana (1820), Tennessee and Virginia (1838), Alabama (1839), and Ohio (1859). Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

93 comments Add your comment

bama mama

August 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

OK
I accept your apology
Every one has cheated or lied at some point in their life it just ws not made public.
All is forgven

bama mama

August 10th, 2012
6:17 pm

OK
I accept your apology
Every one has cheated or lied at some point in their life it just was not made public.
All is forgven.

Atlanta Reader

August 10th, 2012
6:18 pm

So does this mean he’s out of a job? In grade school or college, this activity would warrant a failing grade, but what about the real world and real consequences? I actually like Fareed’s show on CNN, so I hate to see the guy out of work.

carlton

August 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

A month doesn’t seem like much. The Wash. Post “released” a reporter for something no more egregious.

Rodney Ho

August 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

@Atlanta reader. Given his reputation, I believe he’ll weather this and keep his jobs.

Fareed Zakaria

August 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

So does this mean he’s out of a job? In grade school or college, this activity would warrant a failing grade, but what about the real world and real consequences? I actually like Fareed’s show on CNN, so I hate to see the guy out of work.

abraham

August 10th, 2012
6:23 pm

Mr.Fareed Zakaria is very very intelegent person. Everyone make a mistake and he didn’t lied about it and apologized. In my opinion for CNN with out Fareed is nothing. Please accept his apology and put him back and let him to tell us the fact and the GPS around the world.

Archie

August 10th, 2012
6:26 pm

Is it just me or has there been a wave of instances of plagiarism lately?

SMH

August 10th, 2012
6:26 pm

Not particularly surprising to see a gun control wacko incapable of independent thought.

Mountain Man

August 10th, 2012
6:29 pm

Probably would get himself a promotion and big raise at FOX.

Susan

August 10th, 2012
6:31 pm

Cnn should be looking into Piers Morgan

Belle

August 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

Okay, for a while
Honestly, I love every column he wrote. In fact, I hope someday I can be columnists like him. Although I hate on every stuff relating to plagiarism, but well mistakes may occur any time, right?

SAWB

August 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

Mornin Sunshine…

Bryan G.

August 10th, 2012
6:53 pm

People actually watch his show? It is awful.

MG

August 10th, 2012
6:56 pm

He’s a plagarizing, neo-liberal puke. TIME magazine still exists?

Hugh Jass

August 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

Please fire him immediately. This sets an awful precedent for any journalism major in college. He has written countless articles and books at this stage of his career. He new for a fact he was stealing when he did it.

Adudabi

August 10th, 2012
7:12 pm

There is no such thing as original so clearly he should have been more crafty at either paraphrasing better or citing the source. His failure to do so shows that this month he should spend practicing some until Time Warner sheds mercy on his poor soul and gives him his job back. Let’s face it we all have cheated a little at some point!

RAMZAD

August 10th, 2012
7:13 pm

I am just disappointed. With Fareed’s credibility and the heights he has reached in journalism, you would believe that this would be the unthinkable. This is just more evidence that money, celebrity, power, ego, and influence have triumphed our senses responsibility to personal integrity.

HRPufnstuf

August 10th, 2012
7:18 pm

But.. but.. but… isn’t that what all the gun grabbers do? Take some wild lies, put out by the Brady Bunch or some other gun grabbing organization, and spread the lies over and over until people believe it’s the truth?
Examples: “Saturday Night Specials are the guns of choice for criminals” (1980’s).
“Assault weapons are the guns of choice for criminals” (1990’s).
High capacity handguns and automatic weapons are the guns of choice for criminals” (2000’s).

They’re ALL liars, and all they do is repeat what each other says over and over.

rod

August 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

maybe he aint as credible as you make him out to be if he did it once hes done it before.

Obama baby momma

August 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

You didn’t build or plagiarize that. The goverment did that. The govenment provides is good. We should just have our checks deposited to the government and they will provide.

Ho?

August 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

Let some writer for the AJC plagarize, they’d be fired

Lester Miles

August 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

I just suspended one of my best players for a year so how does this liberal liar only get a month. He is probably a Obama supporter so lying come as easy as it does to the administration. Fire them all.

GJ

August 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

Another liberal cheating and lying….shocking! No wonder nobody watches CNN. I’m sure Obama will give him a cabinet seat

Busterbrown

August 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

To the poster Abraham, plagiarism is not just a mistake its a serious offense in academic and journalism. Its not a mistake because it is willfully intending not giving others the appropriate credit, stealing their work and its also shows laziness. It warrants termination and in academia, expulsion and a permanent blimpish on an academic career. He may get off because of CNN’s policy however it shows poor judgement on Fareed Zakaria.

News Nerd

August 10th, 2012
7:38 pm

We hear the same stories recycled anyway. I like like Fareed, and he should be forgiven. Just throw in a footnote nodding to the other journalist and keep it moving. Geez!

David Puddy

August 10th, 2012
7:39 pm

Mountain Man, give us some examples that would make your comment valid……or are you just another ‘I want my freebies’ democrat?

David Puddy

August 10th, 2012
7:43 pm

Fareed’s attempt at paraphrasing was inept to say the least. How he could think that wouldn’t be noticed is weird…………..

globeflyer

August 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

If this were CNN’s largest concern, it would be minor, but it’s not. Dwindling viewership, badly-biased reporting (I use the term loosely), and teetering on the edge of using pure racism, in a bid for audience, has them hanging on for dear (TV) life. They cannot change so, therefore, I hope I’m around to watch the last broadcast.

Liberty Required

August 10th, 2012
8:32 pm

Amazing, a liberal that’s a liar, fool and/or plagiarist, imagine that.

DebDoes

August 10th, 2012
8:57 pm

Yes, I hate to see people lose their jobs over lying and cheating as well, but it happens every day…they lie, they cheat, they lie to get their jobs (experience, education) and then they proceed to cut corners and lie and cheat while they are at their job. I hope justice prevails. It’s about time.

mediawatcher

August 10th, 2012
8:59 pm

Who is this guy Fareed? And what is CNN? I thought they went off the air years ago.

Lisa C. Wheeler

August 10th, 2012
9:01 pm

The mission or motive of a plagirizer is to steal or duplicate the content or text of another writer. I guess Zakaria did not expect his work would be checked by a self respected editor as is a self respected editor’s duty or at least analyzed by a plagirism detector.

Dr. Phil

August 10th, 2012
9:25 pm

Colleges in the University System of GA award an “F” to students to plagiarism. This is stealing by an educated person who knows better.

The Truth

August 10th, 2012
9:25 pm

Is it just us, or does it seem that in all the L&O type cop shows…the bad cop, the dirty cop, the dumb cop…is always a white cop? [;.']

Howard Schuman

August 10th, 2012
9:40 pm

Mr. Zakaria. How disappointed can one be. There’s only one word to summarize your behavior:
Smuck!

[...] And here’s Lepore’s: As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start. Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed: Indiana (1820), Tennessee and Virginia (1838), Alabama (1839), and Ohio (1859). Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man. Originally published in Atlanta Journal Constitution. [...]

Word

August 10th, 2012
9:41 pm

Time???

CNN???

Is this an old article about something that happened in the 80’s?

Ween

August 10th, 2012
9:45 pm

I enjoy his show and find is non US perspective refreshing, but this can’t be excused. I suspect drugs or alcohol abuse

dsfd

August 10th, 2012
9:57 pm

RGB

August 10th, 2012
10:05 pm

“…With Fareed’s credibility and the heights he has reached in journalism…”

What would that be?

“I enjoy his show and find is non US perspective refreshing, but this can’t be excused. I suspect drugs or alcohol abuse”

That begs the question: Does one have to abuse alcohol or drugs to adopt a “non US perspective”? And why would that be a good thing?

All you people are idiots.

Will the last person to watch CNN please turn out the lights?

CPJ

August 10th, 2012
10:29 pm

Read in the Huffington Post that Fareed is also a trustee at Yale. If that’s the case then what’s would happen to a college student caught of plagiarism? I’d think the penalty to be suspension or expulsion at any major university. Considering that he’s also a journalist then I think a high standard should be set here. He should at least lose his journalist positions as a consequence.

Abe Froman

August 10th, 2012
10:33 pm

To those who say “He made a mistake”, the definition from dictionary.com:

1. an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.

2. a misunderstanding or misconception.

This was not a “mistake”, it was a “plagiarism”. The definitions are very different. Here’s plagiarism:

1. an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author

Trying to be like Joe Biden

August 10th, 2012
10:54 pm

Perhaps he can run for Vice President. Sounds like he’s qualified.

Who is this guy anyway? Oh, he works for CNN. No one will know he’s gone. Not like he works for a real news network.

Ringo

August 10th, 2012
11:15 pm

Well, they said George Harrison copied the Chiffon’s “He’s so Fine” with his song “My Sweet Lord.” Sometimes, when you hear something good, you repeat it without intending to copy it.

The funny thing is that all the old West towns made people check their guns, but today’s rube thinks he needs a gun in order to be a man.

CNN is a joke

August 10th, 2012
11:18 pm

CNN News..lol 90% of what you hear from cnn is lies. You can’t believe the Liberal Media!

SAWB

August 10th, 2012
11:45 pm

Reading some of these posts make me think we should just go ahead and legalize drugs since folks are getting them anyway.

tyger

August 10th, 2012
11:57 pm

For such an educated and articulate person, that was a pretty blatant omission. It is almost verbatim. What was the thinking here? Why not just quote Lepore?

Perhaps his notes got transposed into the final work accidentally. But he did it more than once. I like Fareed and he shouldnt be silenced, but he has to adhere to the standard.

The Frito Bandito

August 11th, 2012
1:12 am

He will keep his job. Democrats don’t require honesty or integrity from their leaders or mouth pieces like this guy.

Spud

August 11th, 2012
1:33 am

CNN! I thought that comedy-drama was cancelled years ago. What network is it on now? TNT, right after Dallas and the big eyebrows?