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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Remember when he let it slip that he’d been giving Obama advice on foreign policy?
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2011/05/13/cnns-zakaria-reveals-he-advises-president-obama-foreign-policy
Wonder if we’ll hear more about whose ideas he was actually recycling?

CitizenEgg on August 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

It’s people like this who are giving our industry a bad name – Brian Ross.

Alabama Infidel on August 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

So he gets a nice, paid vacation.

Big whoops, even if he got s**tcanned, HuffPuff Post or Current TV will just give him a room to work in thier w#orehouse…

BlaxPac on August 10, 2012 at 7:34 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

He’s the Led Zeppelin of political pundit world.

Go RBNY on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Everyone should remember this photo, Obama reading a book

He has friends in high places and will show up at The Center For American Progress and be cleansed to show up later without question. Might even be after the month that he will be cleansed of any wrong doing when others would be done for years.

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Why is it all of the ‘smart’ people who call for ‘common sense gun laws’ have no common sense when it comes to guns. Or anything else apparently.

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

The kind of people who plagiarize sentences wholesale and not just a catchy phrase here and there (like “someone wrote that Obama has set back the cause of affirmative action 30 years”) aren’t the kind to write from their heart, and so can’t be trusted anyway. I never understood why such writers didn’t just reference the original text, quote here and there, summarize its intent, and then add their own original take on it, which presumably is why they’re writing in the first place.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Maybe he can start writing Biden’s speeches?

I mean, really, how long has it been since Biden plagiarized someone? He was much, much better at that than doing off the cuff stuff…

ajacksonian on August 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Now that Zakaria has the credential of being a plagiarist like Biden, he’s a perfect VP candidate for some future Dem presidential hopeful.

Liam on August 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Everyone should remember this photo, Obama reading a book

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Good catch. I wish I were shocked.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Colleges routinely require students to run their essays through plagiarism software to catch problems with writing. Maybe news outlets should have a “Turnitin” or “Safe Assign” type requirement for its staff and editorial writers.

College Prof on August 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Fareed plagiarizes and Obama receives undeserved Nobels. Hmmm that and so many lefties working the system for their freebies. I see a trend.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Colleges routinely require students to run their essays through plagiarism software to catch problems with writing. Maybe news outlets should have a “Turnitin” or “Safe Assign” type requirement for its staff and editorial writers.

College Prof on August 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I would have thought they already did. I imagine just by chance someone could have appeared to plagiarize and such a standard would protect their integrity.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

It couldn’t have happened to a more smug bastard.

BradTank on August 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The whole effect of plagiarism, of pretending someone else’s work (with their own personal flavor, nuance, and style) is all your own, for an audience of maybe millions in the case of FZ, should embarrass any serious writer, even if he never gets caught. It’s like having sex with a blowup doll. It’s completely false, and demeaning, and pointless.

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Bye……..

Too bad I never bothered reading you… but I’m not into fantasy fiction anyway.

mark81150 on August 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Has even one latrine rat defended this guy?

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Colleges routinely require students to run their essays through plagiarism software to catch problems with writing. Maybe news outlets should have a “Turnitin” or “Safe Assign” type requirement for its staff and editorial writers.

College Prof on August 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Not all colleges do that! In fact, one of the best apparently doesn’t.

2 years ago, it took a real-live professor at Harvard to discover that a student named Adam Wheeler had not only cheated his way into that esteemed institution, but then had managed to cheat his way thru 4 years of school there.

He cheated his way in using plagiarized documents, which were never discovered by the folks at Harvard to be fakes. And while at Harvard he actually won 2 separate writing contests using plagiarized writing lifted almost word-by-word from a Cornell student.

As the NY Times-owned Boston Globe tells us:

James Simpson, a Harvard English professor, sensed that something was awry in September. Upon reviewing Wheeler’s application, Simpson discovered Wheeler had plagiarized the work of Stephen Greenblatt, another Harvard English professor, and notified university officials, court documents say.

-snip-

When confronted and offered a chance to share his side of the story at a disciplinary hearing, Wheeler told his resident dean that he was going to leave Harvard and would not attend the hearing. That is when Harvard officials dug deeper and discovered the scope of Wheeler’s alleged scheme.

University officials then found that the recommendation letters Wheeler submitted for the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, which were written by three professors, had been altered or expanded upon.

Harvard officials also learned that Wheeler won two Harvard writing prizes using a submission plagiarized nearly word for word from a dissertation by a Cornell University graduate student, according to court documents.

After Harvard gave him the boot, he was later arrested-for falsifying applications to 2 other Ivy League schools!

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

In a sane world, he never would have been hired in the first place since he’s nothing but a mouthpiece for the Muzzie Bros’ stealth jihad.

The only other thing I will add is: “purloined passage” – LOL. Nice one Allah!

WhatSlushfund on August 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Well, well…it couldn’t happen to a more intellectually honest guy.

KickandSwimMom on August 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Feh, read Zakaria? Nope.

profitsbeard on August 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Everyone should remember this photo, Obama reading a book

He has friends in high places and will show up at The Center For American Progress and be cleansed to show up later without question. Might even be after the month that he will be cleansed of any wrong doing when others would be done for years.

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

This, wow, hello Mitt Romney campaign? This is a no-brainer. Make this an ad and quick!

the new aesthetic on August 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

A 30 day SUSPENSION… for being a liar and a thief. He should be FIRED.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

How Obama and Biden weigh in on this story:

Biden: Plagarism is a wonderful thing. You will go far with it young man. Just look where it’s gotten me!

Obama: If I had a personal columnist, he would look like Fareed Zakaria.

Benedict Nelson on August 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

@Paul-Cincy: Any woman who plausibly claims credit for seducing me has my full blessing.

Seth Halpern on August 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I’m positively giddy over this news. Keep coming back and praying to see news of a firing or resignation. This news makes my weekend!

Dack Thrombosis on August 10, 2012 at 8:17 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 wouldn’t he think that? The MSM gives the left a pass every day of the week. They give Fareed’s favorite president a pass every minute of the day. It’s easy to see why Zakaria would think he was immune.

Missy on August 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Couldn’t have happened to a more putrid, preening puddle of pandering platitudes. Color me altogether unsurprised.

Noocyte on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Whether it’s Zakaria or a flunky who writes it, it’s still shoddy journalism and it’s about time they’re being called out on it–on anything. So now maybe more people will begin to question everything else they say and do and maybe their bias will get exposed for the vile mean despicability that it is.

stukinIL4now on August 10, 2012 at 8:37 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.

It is odd because, despite my jokes, the man is not stupid.

Then again I said something similar about Billy Jeff and the whole Blue Dress Debacle. Something along the lines of, ‘say what you like about BJ but he could not be that stupid’.

In that case, it turned out he was. But hey, at least he didn’t have Monica whacked which was definitely an upside.

CorporatePiggy on August 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Doesn’t he infrequently advise the president on foreign affairs? I wonder who he’s channeling.

BKeyser on August 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

A) – liberals live in a world of group responsibility or no responsibility.

B) – The almost-word-for-word “meme” is omnipresent in today’s liberal communication apparatus, where one liberal says something like “this could all be resolved if he would release his tax returns” and then all liberals say it, almost word for word.

C) – Zakaria is a liberal.

.

A + B = C

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for apparent plagiarism

Suspend him? Bullsh*t! Fire him.

Since when has plagiarism been a “suspend-able” offense to responsible journalism. It’s an offense that cuts to the core of responsible journalism.

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Isn’t it strange that plagiarism virus is inherently found only among the liberals? Doris Kern Goodwind, Jason Blair, Rick Bragg,Mike Barnicle and Biden to name a few. Can someone scrub ‘Dreams From My Father’and publish the lifted passages ?

Sticky Wicket on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

So the Muslim hate apologist is also a fraud.

pat on August 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

What????

Time and CNN care about plagiarism??? Who knew!!!

Next you’ll be telling me that they are concerned about publishing accurate news!!!

/SARC!!!!!>

landlines on August 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I have only one response to this news: ROFLMAO.

Tweeters will want to contribute to: #FareedZakariaOriginalQuotes

Mutnodjmet on August 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Joe Biden could not be reached for comment

ToddonCapeCod on August 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Everyone should remember this photo, Obama reading a book
http://theobamafile.com/_images/img3C14.jpg

tjexcite on August 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

That picture is worth 1000 words. The postmodernists (euphemism for liars and plagiarists) all rubbing elbows with each other.

Remember when he let it slip that he’d been giving Obama advice on foreign policy?
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2011/05/13/cnns-zakaria-reveals-he-advises-president-obama-foreign-policy
Wonder if we’ll hear more about whose ideas he was actually recycling?

CitizenEgg on August 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Is this like Oprah and the book “A Million Little Pieces”? Fake but accurate? Dan Rather lives!

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Where will we get our middlebrow liberal conventional wisdom on policy now?

From David Brooks…

rcpjr on August 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for apparent plagiarism

Tsk tsk. Happens to all leftist journalists eventually. These guys just ain’t too bright and need a little help now and then. Love the greased hair, though.

minnesoter on August 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Isn’t it strange that plagiarism virus is inherently found only among the liberals? Doris Kern Goodwind, Jason Blair, Rick Bragg,Mike Barnicle and Biden to name a few. Can someone scrub ‘Dreams From My Father’and publish the lifted passages ?

Sticky Wicket on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

You think Bill Ayers plagiarized parts of Dreams? From another one of his books, maybe, but who cares?

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I still remember when he posed the question “is it time to re-write the Constitution” and then answered himself “yes it is”.

Kaptain Amerika on August 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Since when has plagiarism been a “suspend-able” offense to responsible journalism. It’s an offense that cuts to the core of responsible journalism.

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The problem is that there is no such thing as responsible journalism in today’s MSM. It’s been Pravda on steroids since Obama has been in office.

PatriotGal2257 on August 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Fareed compares Tea Party to Terrorists

He got away with that one.

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Joe Biden‘s could not be reached for comment:

ToddonCapeCod on August 10, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Kinnock, Kinnock, who’s there?

Joe.

Joe who?

Joe who’s Biden his time till someone else gets caught plagiarizing.

profitsbeard on August 10, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Journalism is hard, not like those crazy bloggers.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

If you’re a writer, you didn’t write that. Oh, wait. You actually didn’t write that.

BDavis on August 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

angrymike on August 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

…on vacation…family reunion in Hilton Head…been lurking all week…broke my string of commenting on each and every thread since I started…so just lurked this week mikey…would have gotten ban- hammered anyway…you guys have been too nice to the trolls (:->)

KOOLAID2 on August 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

If you’re a writer, you didn’t write that. Oh, wait. You actually didn’t write that.

BDavis on August 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

damn. beat me to it.

St Gaudens on August 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

iowahawk: Being suspended by CNN is like being put on injured reserve by the 1976 Tampa Bay Bucs. The worst part is returning to the game.

sbvft contributor on August 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

There once was a writer for Time
Who thought his work was sublime
It really was just sloppy
From others he did copy
After all, plagiarism is still a crime

Flange on August 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Nice! My prayers were answered and I wasn’t even praying for this!

Got to love unforced errors. The great flaw of Liberals is their overconfidence. Consequently, they never fail to show you what complete boobs they are. All anyone has to do is look.

shannon76 on August 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Suspended for 30 days. BFD.

Bill Ayers is an attempted murderer and domestic terrorist and he has the President’s ear.

Yawn . . .

BigAlSouth on August 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for apparent plagiarism

A 30-day vacation, and then it’s back to lying/plagiarizing.

Ward Cleaver on August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Why should this be surprising? Liberals are all engaged in group think anyway; just look at that examples Rush airs where a particular phrase is uttered by every major media anchor for a certain story. Given that, it is probably difficult for those engaged in group think to determine where their thoughts leave off and the group think phrases kick in. From there, it’s a short step to plagiarism, since they all think the same way, why not use the good material from someone else in the liberal hive? Probably what both Time and CNN were thinking as well, not that the plagiarism was bad, but that it was caught.

AZfederalist on August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

AZfederalist on August 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

That’s message coordination via Journolist and the media conference calls we learned about back when Journolist broke open. They are still going on.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Not sure I see a problem…. If libs are so willing to say “I didn’t built that” they will have no problem with someone who didn’t write that.

Chitownmom on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Luckily enough for him, he got fired just in time to co-host election coverage on another irrelevant cable channel with an irrelevant former presidential candidate, i.e. Current TV & the ALGORE.

Glenn Jericho on August 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

In the immortal words of Nelson:

HA-HA

JFS61 on August 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

In other news, Sarah Plin is carrying water for the stay-at-home Sketchy supporters again:

Sarah Palin accuses media of ‘prostituting’

FTA:

“Some of these reporters who know the truth about this situation because they were in the room, in the press conference, or teleconference room listening to this — I think you said it was back in May — and now they’re watching this ad play out from the super PAC, they know what happened, and I don’t know how they can sleep at night,” Palin said Thursday on Fox News’ “Hannity.

When Politico reports on things like these you know the Cuda hit her mark.

DannoJyd on August 10, 2012 at 10:40 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.

He’s a liberal. There’s an ethical deficit right off the bat and also the arrogance to think you can get away with it.

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I still remember when he posed the question “is it time to re-write the Constitution” and then answered himself “yes it is”.

Kaptain Amerika on August 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

How about changing said document to include a part that says if you come to this country and gain citizenship, neither you nor your children can vote. Let’s wait until the 3rd generation gets going to hand out that privilege. Because frankly I’m tired of people climbing off a boat and within five minutes they’re telling me how my country needs to change.

Dack Thrombosis on August 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

This guy personifies the LSM. Biggest 0bama suck-up in existence. For these reasons alone, they’re not going to kill him over this. Won’t be long before Time will get him back in the game.

Tomolena1 on August 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Fareed is a serious tool. As is Bill Burton.

Who cares?

Night night…

the_souse on August 10, 2012 at 11:01 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. 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.” –AP

As College Prof mentioned, there are services for just this sort of thing. In graduate school, I probably had 6 to 8 papers per class and I ran them all through Turnitin.com. It will score your paper on similarity to its collection which is 90k publications, 220m papers and billions of webpages. For Time, CNN, and journalists not to use such a cheap service is just lazy. The guys at Newsbusters are probably running articles from the lib writers through just such a service. Maybe they’ll catch Krugman next.

ReaganWasRight on August 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I always thought Fareed Zakaria stuff sucked, so now we find out he was plagiarizing shallow crap from other idiots.

William Eaton on August 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Fareed’s daddy is an Islamic scholar

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

When asked if he is a plagiarist, Mr. Zakaria replied “it depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

malclave on August 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Many leftists will be out of work in 90 days anyway. What’s the rush?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Why is it bizarre? When everyone around you “plagiarizes” the latest White House talking points, what’s the big deal about going slightly farther afield? WH, DNC, Time, Newsweek they are all the same.

Fred 2 on August 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Allahpundit seems to have missed a key point while focusing on the plagiarism itself – the issue of the hymnal being uttered. Zakaria was issuing the leftist catechism on gun control. Stanzas of fraudulent tropes. Preaching to the choir, demonizing guns and those who own them. In that refrain, what’s a little plagiarism between sycophants. Certainly no one will notice the repetition of the shibboleths. Oops.

rayra on August 11, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Of particular note amongst illiberal distortions / misrepresentations bout ‘gun violence’, their oft-cited factoid about ‘gun homicides’, stated just so to make America seem worst. Firstly, the make no distinction between guns used defensively to save lives / kill criminals and thugs, or similarly by police, or in suicides. Instead ALL gun use is lumped together and the audience I meant to envision them all to be doe-eyed innocents. Even more obscene, as illiberals pretend and compare American trots with “enlightened” nations, they NEVER mention that the actual per capita murder rate – by ALL means – places America between 25th and 35th on the global list. Because OUR guns predominantly save lives and kill criminals / Democrat voters.

rayra on August 11, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Idiot, he should have just claimed that merely he wrote a composite and he could have made it to the White House someday.

And with that great cover: calling his fraud and deception “a lapse,” to portray himself as a helpless person that something outside his control happened to him…like a temporary moral and legal amnesia, why he might even make Obama’s short list to replace “Plugs” Biden.

Frankly, a bit of plagiarism is the least offensive and harmful thing these leftist scribes do. For his writing lies which attempt to destroy America, he’d be rewarded with a Pulitzer by his comrade wordsmiths.

Don L on August 11, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Many leftists will be out of work in 90 days anyway. What’s the rush?

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Not to worry, Obama, by way of executive order, will go around congress and create a stimulus program for him…out of compassion for the unemployed brought about by Bush and republican obstruction of his work to save the nation.

Perhaps he’d receive a lucrative paycheck for doing some writing for the TOTUS or modify, or annex a little Marx and Alinsky for Jay Carney to memorize for the next press conference?

Don L on August 11, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Because frankly I’m tired of people climbing off a boat and within five minutes they’re telling me how my country needs to change.

Dack Thrombosis on August 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I’ll second that.

hawkdriver on August 11, 2012 at 5:56 AM

I’ll second that.

hawkdriver on August 11, 2012 at 5:56 AM

It didn’t used to be a problem because getting your “you are in!” papers required testing to show you grasped our system, then luckily we kept reducing requirements to get in.

I feel sorry for the migrant who follows the rules, far easier to game the paradigm to get max benefit for no loss but your vote.(wink)

harlekwin15 on August 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Such a pompous, condescending, anti-American CNN tool. There is a God.

wepeople on August 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I made a terrible mistake

You wouldn;t have to look far to find that the hollow apology isn’t his work either.

curved space on August 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Another one bites the dust…

workingclass artist on August 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Why the big deal. They all copy each others talking points given to them by the administration. Paraphrasing Rush when he said, “Miss the news on ABC turn on NBC, miss NBC turn on CBS. If you miss the news on broadcast news, turn on the cable news”. Really it is all the same.

banzaibob on August 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Z could copy better stuff. What’s the matter with the boy?

claudius on August 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I’ve wondered if a lot of writers like Paul Krugman do the same thing (farming out the work to interns

snoopicus on August 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

(From a comment published by yours truly, here.)

I understand the following is from a very solid source, perhaps the same one from whom Harry Reid gets his information. Or, perhaps it is just a product of inspiration from a few other commenters in that other thread, or even one posted here, making one of the points herein . . .

News Flash: President Obama has written a note to Fareed Zakaria expressing his condolences on the occasion of Fareed’s suspension from CNN and Time for plagiarism, and offering him a suggested solid future defense strategy for any similar actions.

We have just obtained a copy of that note and are reproducing it here in it’s entirety:

Dear Fareed,

I was especially saddened to learn that you have been temporarily suspended from both Time Magazine and CNN over allegations of plagiarism, charges originating from my enemies. Your voice is one that I really cannot afford to be without in the tough days and weeks ahead. So I will take whatever steps I can with these media organizations to persuade them to curb any further aversive actions on their part.

And as a friend, Fareed, maybe you should have laid low. I have to say that by immediately admitting to it and apologizing, you might have earned a few points amongst those for whom such candor matters. But in the end those people don’t matter, and there is a much bigger picture to consider.

If it had been me, I probably would have sent a spokesperson out to say, “That’s not what he said!” And if the accusers persisted, another spokesperson would have been dispatched to say that, “It was taken out of context.”

For the future, please remember that you can always induce someone to say something like this:

“If you’ve got a column — you didn’t write that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Who is going to argue with that, huh? Hey, you didn’t write it, right?

Your friend,

Barack

(I don’t suppose it really needs a sarc. tag, though there will undoubtedly be some idiot who will challenge the “authenticity.”)

Trochilus on August 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Apparent plagiarism? The little foreigner has admitted to it.

jan3 on August 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

CNN is rotting from its liberal/leftist core.

rplat on August 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Time to sent Fareed packing back to Mumbai where he can listen for Barack Obama’s sweetest sound in the world, the azan or muslim call to prayer.

Fareed can enjoy his native culture and multiple nation wide blackouts while working to copy someone else’s work.

Robert Jensen on August 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

made peace with the idea of behaving unethically

Paging the entire libgressive establishment

Western_Civ on August 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Grey Lady down.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM

He was a turd in a suit.

TexasJew on August 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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