Fareed Zakaria, a prominent writer and TV host, was suspended by CNN and Time magazine after his admission Friday (Aug. 10) that portions of his Aug. 20 column for Time were plagiarized.
“Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore’s essay [on gun control] in the April 23 issue of The New Yorker,” Zakaria said in a statement. “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.”
In response, 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 said they are suspending Zakaria, editor-at-large for the magazine, for a month pending review.
This is the not the first time Zakaria, an Indian-born Yale and Harvard graduate whose extensive journalism career includes stints at Newsweek and Foreign Affairs, has been criticized for using unoriginal work.
In 2009, Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, blasted Zakaria for taking credit for quotes from Goldberg’s interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one of his advisers.
And just last month, Zakaria caught flak for giving nearly identical commencement speeches (written by himself) at Harvard and Duke.