Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for apparent plagiarism

posted at 6:41 pm on August 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Cam Edwards and Newsbusters caught him in the act; follow the link to read the offending passage from his new gun-control column side by side with a similar paragraph in a gun-control piece published in April by “The New Yorker.” Not the first time that Zakaria’s been accused of pinching stuff, either. The Atlantic remembers that Jeffrey Goldberg accused him of lifting quotes from Goldberg’s own interviews with Israeli officials. And just this afternoon, Michael Moynihan — who caught The New Yorker’s Jonah Lehrer making up Bob Dylan quotes just two weeks ago — noticed that a sentence in Zakaria’s column on China in the May edition of Time reads a lot like a sentence from a Time story on China published in 1968. If he were a lesser name, he’d probably already have been canned. As it is, I wonder how many lucky Time staffers will end up on the inevitable task force charged with going through his old stuff to see just how bad the problem is.

Daniel Halper at the Standard already has the appropriate alternate headline here, so I’ll simply pose a plaintive question instead: Where will we get our middlebrow liberal conventional wisdom on policy now? Via the Atlantic, Zakaria’s formal apology:

“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. 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’s suspended him for a month, no doubt to give their researchers time to check his back catalog. CNN, meanwhile, has suspended him indefinitely because — ta da — he wrote a blog post on their site on the same subject that also included unattributed excerpts. Assuming that this is in fact deliberate plagiarism and not just some bizarre editing mishap or whatever (Zakaria’s apology is a bit ambiguous), I have no earthly idea why anyone would persist in this behavior in the age of Google even if they’ve otherwise made peace with the idea of behaving unethically. We must be nearing the point technologically where search-engine algorithms will be able to detect instantly whether “new” writing on the web has been lifted from someplace else; there’s really no future in practicing this particular “trade.” In Zakaria’s case, the purloined passage comes from a magazine as famous as his own, whose readership probably overlaps substantially with his. It’s irrational in the abstract to risk a highly successful career on plagiarism, but this particular case of apparent plagiarism was so blatant and easily found out that it’s irrational in the details too. Makes me wonder how much of this behavior is calculated and how much is compulsive. Even if you’re crashing on a deadline and desperate for ideas, you’re far better off telling your editor “sorry, I couldn’t finish my column this week” than inviting a clusterfark by going this route. Simply mystifying.

Exit question via John Podhoretz: Could Zakaria maybe have been farming his columns out to an intern or assistant? That would be ethically problematic in its own right, but it might help explain this incident. A young ghostwriter has much less to lose in taking a risk like this and might well be more naive than Zakaria would be about the probability of being caught. Neither J-Pod nor I are trying to make excuses for him, mind you, just spitballing on how to account for something this bizarre.


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All all Progs moochers and looters..?

d1carter on August 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Goodbye CNN…hello Obama administration!

OxyCon on August 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Isn’t working for CNN punishment enough?

radjah shelduck on August 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I would rather see him fired for being clueless ass bag but this works too.

gsherin on August 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sad

J_Crater on August 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Ha Ha!

McDuck on August 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving smarmy partisan hack.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Fareed should be fireed.

Flange on August 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The real question is whether Zakaria can accept this new age of Zakarian decline.

Lawdawg86 on August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Couldn’t have happened to a more smug azzhole.

He hates the US but loves to exploit her with his good life-style. Looks like karma got him. It will get Obama too.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Heh, Flora :)

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Current TV just found another loser to employ.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

That the topic of gun control got him is beyond schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

NBC will pick him up and show everyone his hall pass.

Limerick on August 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Who?

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Don’t let the door hit you in the Fareed on the way out!

CapnObvious on August 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Buh-bye! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya…

Mary in LA on August 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Neither J-Pod nor I are trying to make excuses for him, mind you, just spitballing on how to account for something this bizarre.

Really Allah? He’s a prog. He thought nobody would dare accuse him of being a plagiarist. And if they did, there would be no consequences because – well, he’s a prog.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Dagnabbit, CapnObvious, you said it better than I did!

Mary in LA on August 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It isn’t “bizarre,” guys, it’s unethical. It’s unprofessional. It’s amateurish. And it’s Fareed Zakaria. So do the freakin’ math.

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

“apparent plagiarism”

Understate much? Hilarious!

Michael K. on August 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

This is racism!

portlandon on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I hear Harry Reid needs a new spokesman “for the children.”

So to speak.

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

*waving*

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Now the burden of producing facepalm-worthy foreign policy articles falls entirely on Thomas Friedman.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What is it about libs and their propensity to steal from other people’s hard work?

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Current TV just found another loser to employ.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This here’s a no $hitter…

BigWyo on August 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The rest of the world of far ahead of the US in the area of “socialistic reporting practices” by which written columns are the collective property of all, and the columns were written by an individual within society, and thus society wrote the column.

Zakaria is merely taking the bullet like a true martyr in this test case for socialist reporting rights. Hopefully by his sacrifice America can be ushered into the 20th century.

ebrawer on August 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I have no earthly idea why anyone would persist in this behavior in the age of Google even if they’ve otherwise made peace with the idea of behaving unethically.

As with all bad acts, the perp has done it numerous times before and has gotten away with it.

Blake on August 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Fareed, John Podesta is on line 1.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

lololol

The Notorious G.O.P on August 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

He should run for Senate in Massachusetts

SouthernGent on August 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

What a colossal dummy.

FlatFoot on August 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

With all the problems CNN has you would think there is no way they wouldn’t fire him. I mean if they keep them on after this they lose the 1% credibility they have left.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Dear Fareed Zakaria,
You didnt build that. -The Reader

canditaylor68 on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Really Allah? He’s a prog. He thought nobody would dare accuse him of being a plagiarist. And if they did, there would be no consequences because – well, he’s a prog.

Why would he think that? Conservatives would be only too happy to catch him. Moynihan, who blew the lid off the Lehrer thing, is no liberal. He’s a libertarian. Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Ain’t he one of them thar muslimes?

Don’t they cut off people’s hand for stealing?

Isn’t plagiarism stealing someone’s writing without giving them credit?

Well now:

HASSAN CHOP!!!!!!!!!

Bubba Redneck on August 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

What is it about libs and their propensity to steal from other people’s hard work?

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Maybe Fauxcahontas will invite him to write her new cookbook.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Why would he think that? Conservatives would be only too happy to catch him. Moynihan, who blew the lid off the Lehrer thing, is no liberal. He’s a libertarian. Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Why do the lefties even care about stuff like this, considering all the other moral problems with being a leftist?

Kjeil on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Bed wetting leftist. Bye.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Could Zakaria maybe have been farming his columns out to an intern or assistant?

Maybe, but I think it’s more likely he’s kinda really stupid.

AUINSC on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

It is Ramadan, forgiving him might please the restive hearts and minds of Muslims everywhere. Perhaps causing one apt noble Afghan recruit from shooting his teachers. An all important Iraqi Provincial election perhaps goes the right way. Muslim child groomers raise their age limits from 10 to 12. Who knows what a cascade of Muslim goodness might bloom forth from a simple forgiveness and apology to Fareed.

BL@KBIRD on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

What evan, he lacks a position of power to get way with his lies. Doubt me and look at the Senatot from Connecticut, Warren, or the current vp.

rob verdi on August 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Maybe Fauxcahontas will invite him to write her new cookbook.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

*snort

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Makes me wonder how much of this behavior is calculated and how much is compulsive.

Charlatanry…”I’m better than the norms…”

Couldn’t happen to a more smug creep.

His parents are both very smart. He grew up very priviledged and studied in the US. Instead of going back to his roots he ranted incessantly against the US. I’ve hated him forever. Makes one giddy for his demise. May he be fired soon.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Zakaria is such a douche. He needs to take his accent and shove it.

BuckeyeSam on August 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

It’s irrational in the abstract to risk a highly successful career on plagiarism, but this particular case of apparent plagiarism was so blatant and easily found out that it’s irrational in the details too.

I believe it was the great philosopher Butt-Head who said, “Some people are dumb.”

More to the point, some people can justify it to themselves; if you believe it’s all right and defensible when against a deadline, who cares if you get “caught” since you’ve done nothing wrong? It takes getting caught for some people to realize they’ve done what they should have known all along was wrong….

calbear on August 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Yet most of the mainstream media will let the Obama campaign “get away with their stuff“, because?

Rovin on August 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

First Rick Sanchez.
Now, Fareed Zakaria.
CNN is racist

RovesChins on August 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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…

Uh, no. They routinely regurgitate lame talking points from their Journ-o-list friends.

RightKlik on August 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

But, he seemed like such a nice guy. *cough*

Fallon on August 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Hey, that guy has a funny name, like Barack Obama. And he’s kinda dark, too. CNN and Time are RACIST!!!

csmats on August 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Why would he think that? Conservatives would be only too happy to catch him. Moynihan, who blew the lid off the Lehrer thing, is no liberal. He’s a libertarian. Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Yeah, they’re free to lie as long as they don’t print somebody else’s lie.

RovesChins on August 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren

Need I continue?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

You know who this helps, don’t you?

John F Kerry

The Word Up was Fareed was in the running for SOS in a second O’Ad.

What a choice?!?!?

A liar or a plagiariser!

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Fareed is a card-carrying member of the Council on Foreign Relations and will land somewhere lucrative in no time. The NY/Beltway clique takes care of its own.

If anything, paying a penalty for plagiarism is for little people like Mike Barnicle who now has to play the clueless grumpy old man on Morning Joe. :-)

Punchenko on August 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

What a sweet 7th Birthday present for NewsBusters. Well done!

A+++

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

this almost makes up for romney. almost.

renalin on August 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I actually bought this Time magazine (please don’t hold it against me) to read the leftest BS.
all it did was provoke me to fire off a letter to the editor about the leftest bias on gun control.
Maybe it did do some good………lmao…….;-D

angrymike on August 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Hubris meet Nemesis.

vityas on August 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Has anyone noticed KOOLAID2 around????? I haven’t seen him, hope everything is ok…….

angrymike on August 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Yes, great job Newsbusters! I read you every single day and have for 6 years.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

In Zakaria’s case, the purloined passage comes from a magazine as famous as his own, whose readership probably overlaps substantially with his. It’s irrational in the abstract to risk a highly successful career on plagiarism, but this particular case of apparent plagiarism was so blatant and easily found out that it’s irrational in the details too.

Said readership is so used to reading and saying the same things over and over again that non of them noticed anything amiss. Kool Aid anyone?

davo on August 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Zakaria is such a douche. He needs to take his accent and shove it.

BuckeyeSam on August 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Good one, it’s not his accent. It’s his Utopian leftist brain.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I think the intern excuse would be worse. Famous celebrities hire ghostwriters for books. Columns are much more personal, and assumed to come from the source him/herself.

Ed Morrissey on August 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

A young ghostwriter has much less to lose in taking a risk like this and might well be more naive than Zakaria

Zakaria doesn’t appear to be lacking in naivete. He’s basically a liberal talking points machine after all.

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Remember the historian hack Doris Kearns Goodwin?

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

You know who this helps, don’t you?

John F Kerry

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Didn’t he serve in Viet Nam?

50sGuy on August 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

this is beautiful. not so much beacause he’s a lib, but because he has an contempuous view of America, and trashes it any chance he gets.

sbvft contributor on August 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Ed, all the best and get well soon.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Progressives seem to find it nearly impossible to come up with an original thought. How many of them have to get nailed for plagiarism to realize that you either write original material, do the prerequisite research, or credit those who have done so before you used their material?

I think this goes to one of fatal flaws of progressivism. These people are intellectually lazy and ethically bankrupt. It begins in college, when they freely plagiarize, taking information from the internet, often just resorting to ‘cut and paste’, take anything else they need from any source that comes to hand, and, rather than actually read any of the material, resort to simply parroting back what they hear in lecture.

So, when they, at last, get a job, they revert directly to what worked for them in college. I don’t think they even consider the ramifications or consequences of using these practices in the real world of employment. By then, its become second nature. Its as if they don’t even realize that intellectual property IS property.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I just get so tired of hearing Conservative writer after Conservative writer getting caught plagiarizing other people’s work.

hawkdriver on August 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Next job: New Middle East press secretary/adviser for Barry Obama…

Joe Biden welcomes him to the BO team with a back slap and a “been there, done that” on the plagiarism stuff…

;-)

albill on August 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Is there an endgame for a liberal political hack.

earlgrey133 on August 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I guess Willem Dafoe will have to stick to his regular persona, huh?

KingGold on August 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

He should run in 2016. He’ll be a perfect fit for that party. After Obama anything goes, even latrine rats.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I just get so tired of hearing Conservative writer after Conservative writer getting caught plagiarizing other people’s work.

If they did it the MSM wouldn’t report it, because than they would have to include the conservative writing/thought in question on the air, and they can’t do that.

earlgrey133 on August 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Ed Morrissey on August 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Ed, is this really you or a ghost writer..?
LOL…Get well soon!

d1carter on August 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Any leftist who thinks they can get away with this stuff because they’re a leftist is even more delusional than Zakaria apparently is.

Allahpundit on August 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren

Need I continue?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Exactly. This case may be an exception, but the lefties generally get a slap on the wrist if that.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I never thought much of him. He was better at (and more concerned with) producing the air of intelligence rather than saying anything intelligent.

MechanicalBill on August 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Note how plentiful the usual leftist latrine rats are on this thread, defending him…must all be at Starbucks.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren

Need I continue?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Doris Kearns Goodwin was sent to the corner for a bit and now yacks it up, writes and pretends nothing ever happened. Imagine if she were a rightie.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Wow, Ed and Allah posting in this thread!! Awesome.
I love you guys. By the way, this is carbon_footprint.

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I think the intern excuse would be worse. Famous celebrities hire ghostwriters for books. Columns are much more personal, and assumed to come from the source him/herself.

Ed Morrissey on August 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Funny that, I heard if you comment in a thread, it’s actually a Hot Air intern.

:-)

hawkdriver on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Watch this space.

Plagerism usually results in the journalistic equivalent of the death penalty.

FZ is a pal of Zero. So, what will happen here?

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein. ~Proverb

magicbeans on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You didn’t write that.

MrX on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Is it possibly true that Zareed will now inhabit a Post Time- and Post CNN World? Wasn’t it Zakaria’s book that Obama was touting and hauling around to demonstrate his own intellectual chops? Two phonies.

onlineanalyst on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Is this that dick with the English accent who tried to jack up A. Breitbart during an interview?

WeekendAtBernankes on August 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I just don’t get why the lefties care about stuff like this considering all the raw sewage you have to swallow to be a leftist. They get upset about this?

Kjeil on August 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Hey! It was a “composite”! All the libs do it. Just ask Barry and Fauxahontas!

GarandFan on August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Doris Kearns Goodwin was sent to the corner for a bit and now yacks it up, writes and pretends nothing ever happened. Imagine if she were a rightie.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Exactly. There are no transgressions of honor to these people because there is no honor. The only unpardonable sin is not being one of them.

rrpjr on August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Pic of the Day: Don’t Mistake Slogans For Solutions

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/pic-of-day-dont-mistake-slogans-for.html

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Good thing he did not embarrass one of his master, George Soros. That would lead to a war, Something like what Saif al-Islam Gaddafi did at London School of Economics when he embarrassed Sorso with plagiarisms question on his thesis and PhD. After Sorso vouched for him.

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Could Zakaria maybe have been farming his columns out to an intern or assistant?

Yeppers. Zakaria is all ambition, no substance. Has been for years.

His CNN is inherently lazy because it tells guess they’re not going to be challenged.

The guy wants to be the foreign policy equivalent of Gupta, except he’s been dead wrong for years while Amir Taheri has been calling it spot-on for over a decade.

budfox on August 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I am sure they will replace him with another liberal apologist.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

What is bizarre is looking for excuses for this guy.

Two previous examples of plagiarism are cited before the real investigation even begins. Sounds like a lifestyle choice. At this point when they review his work it will probably be more challenging to find original rather than stolen material.

D.L.Mc on August 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Maybe, but I think it’s more likely he’s kinda really stupid.

[AUINSC on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM]

What evidence you got of that besides his writings?

Dusty on August 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Worth a replay–

Hey, CNN invented “we distort you’re deceived”.

1. Falsely accused the US of nerve gassing civilians in Laos

2. Failed to report Saddam Hussein’s human rights abuses against his own people in Iraq for 10 years, just so they could keep their precious Baghdad office open.

3. Had their CEO Quit in disgrace after falsely accusing US troops of murdering journalists in Iraq.

4. Had one of their Prime Time Stars show footage provided by the enemy showing what Iraqi snipers saw thru their scopes just before they took out their American military targets.

5. Had one of their Not Prime Time Stars describe the victims of Hurricane Katrina as “So poor, and So Black”.

You must be so proud of them.

Now, when you can give us comparable examples of Faux News journalistic malpractice, we’ll stop laughing in your direction.

Del Dolemonte on August 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

CW on August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

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