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Friday, August 10, 2012

CNN Suspends Fareed Zakaria For Plagiarism

CNN Suspends Fareed Zakaria For Plagiarism

By DYLAN BYERS for 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 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 Magazine suspended Zakaria earlier this afternoon after he admitted to plagiarizing an April article about the National Rifle Association by New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore.

"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," Ali Zelenko, Time's SVP of Communications, said in a statement. "As a result, we are suspending Fareed's column for a month, pending further review."

A CNN spokesperson informs of the changes to CNN's Sunday programming following Zakaria's suspension:

“Your Money with Ali Velshi” will air at 10am on Sunday morning with “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” airing at 1pm.

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Anonymous said...

I am absolutely shocked! I would have never expected this from him. He is a respected journalist, not sure why such a thing would happen,

alisha franczak said...

I am glad he owned up to it. He apologized and he should face the consequences and keep it moving. I am still a fan

Anonymous said...

VERY disappointing and surprising. Fareed was always a favorite of mine on CNN, one of the few smart and reasonable people left on the network.

Anonymous said...

Why would someone so well respected do such a thing?
Why would he take the chance unless he became too sure of himself and thought it couldn't happen to him.
If Fareed apologized and was suspended for the month, there should be no further action taken on CNN's part.
He totally embarrassed himself but now he faces a suit from the author whose material he lifted.
Shame on him.

Anonymous said...

I agree with comments here - I am also surprised and disappointed. He is one of the best on CNN. I watch GPS regularly and his specials are great. He did own it and apologized for it. I accept his apology and I am certain he is sincere and learned from this mistake. He should serve his time so to speak and we can all move on.

Anonymous said...

Fareed has released a statement:

"Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column on gun control, which was also a topic of conversation on this blog, 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 CNN, and to my readers and viewers everywhere."