Zakaria suspended from CNN and Time Magazine.

This was a bit surprising – as Zakaria is a smart and great writer – but apparently he’s a bit quick at the cut and paste at times, and was caught with plagiarism from the New Yorker this week.

Columns and show suspended.

From Politico:

CNN has joined Time Magazine and suspended Fareed Zakaria following his admission of plagiarism.

“We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s TIME column, for which he has apologized,” CNN said in a written statement. “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.”

Here’s an example:

Zakaria in Time:

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.”

Jill Lepore in New Yorker:

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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11 thoughts on “Zakaria suspended from CNN and Time Magazine.

  1. I was pretty stunned when I saw that yesterday. His apology statement didnt equivocate at all – he didn’t suggest a cut and paste accident – I occassionally will paste something as convenience, intending to delete it before I finish writing. I’ll put it temporarilly in front of my eyes to be sure I dont screw up a factoid or something, or even intending to use it – appropriately quoted – but cut by me (with ellipses) to illustrate something. I can absolutely see it happening if I get distracted or something.

    Anyway, Zacharia is one of the smartest best informed observers out there – it’s a real puzzler. I hope CNN doesn’t keep him off long – I love his Sunday show.

    • Yep – a puzzler indeed..
      Only thing I can think of off the bat is perhaps his little bent towards big success and achievement – which might have spilled into ambition in terms of production. He’s often all over the media, and could aim at spending twenty minutes on a column, who knows. But doing this in the Time column – taking from the New Yorker? It’s like he wanted to get caught.
      Which,
      might be another theory – the hidden thrill seeker.
      But it still doesn’t add up really.

      And losing GPS would be a huge loss yes – especially when context and expertise is needed.

      • Yeah, losing GPS would be a terrible loss. I’ve got friends watching it finally and they’re thrilled to come away from a mainstream news program having acctually learned something.

        As for the ambition part . . . maybe. But I never saw ego get in the way of the story with him.

      • Yeah, it doesn’t really fit. He went a bit far with promoting his book several weeks in a row once, and he might be a bit “here we are the intelligent bunch” at times, but he’s more into the facts and analysis it seems.
        I’m still waiting for an explanation…

  2. This is the first I’ve heard of this and was pretty stunned. Yes, plagiarism is most definately wrong but like Moe and Mac say here, losing GPS and Zacharia would be a huge loss. There aren’t too many very intelligent journalists left out there, and even fewer who have a national platform to discuss substantive issues.

    While the act was wrong, there should be some amends that can be made to bring him back on in the near future. It does show that CNN and Time are responsible enough to hold their people to a higher standard. I mean, it’s hard to imagine faux suspending O’Reiley or Hannity for something like this.

    • Yep, but it seems to be just a month for now, at least the columns.
      But the problem might be – that you have to go through some huge archives to clear his name after something like this. And his name is permanently damaged probably.

      And maybe he was cheating because he KNOWS he can do it really good by himself, as opposed to all those who plagiarize out of lack of talent. But that doesn’t really help him.

      Why, Fareed……

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