Zakaria Suspended From Time, CNN Over Plagiarism

Journal-isms: Fareed Zakaria has been suspended from both CNN and Time magazine for plagiarizing scandal.

Fareed Zakaria (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Fareed Zakaria (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

“I Made a Terrible Mistake,” Commentator Says

Time editor-at-large and CNN host Fareed Zakaria was suspended from both places for a month on Friday after admitting to lifting parts of a story from the New Yorker,Jack Mirkinson and Rebecca Shapiro reported for the Huffington Post.

The Washington Post, which publishes a separate column by Zakaria on its op-ed page, said it was reviewing Zakaria’s work for the newspaper,” Paul Farhi reported for the Washington Post.

Mirkinson and Shapiro wrote, “Conservative media watchdog Newsbusters was the first to spot the similarities between a Zakaria piece on gun control and an article by Jill Lepore that appeared in the New Yorker in April.

“The Atlantic Wire posted a statement from Zakaria on Friday afternoon, taking full responsibility for the incident:

” ‘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.’

“Later, Time announced Zakaria’s suspension:

” ‘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.’

“CNN also said it was suspending Zakaria because he plagiarized the same material for a blog post: