Time, CNN recall Fareed Zakaria after plagiarism suspension

Less than a week into his one month suspension, Time magazine and CNN recall Fareed Zakaria.

Ini Ekott with agency report

Time magazine and CNN have reinstated columnist and TV host, Fareed Zakaria, who was suspended last week after he admitted plagiarizing texts of his article from another magazine, New Yorker.

Time said on Thursday after a after a review of Mr. Zakaria’s work, that it was clear the incident was an “unintentional” and “isolated”.

CNN said it was a “journalistic lapse” for which he had apologized.

“We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for Time and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which he has apologized,” a Time spokeswoman said in a statement on Thursday. “We look forward to having Fareed’s thoughtful and important voice back in the magazine with his next column in the issue that comes out on Sept. 7.”

In its statement, CNN said “We found nothing that merited continuing the suspension,” the statement reads, adding, “Zakaria has apologized for a journalistic lapse. CNN and Zakaria will work together to strengthen further the procedures for his show and blog.”

Both organizations suspended Mr. Zakaria’s programmes. The GPS which he anchors on CNN will now return on Aug. 26, while his next articles on Time will appear on Sept. 7.

Mr. Zakaria, 48, is a well respected columnist for Time and a host for news programme, GPS, on the Cable News Network. He was suspended for a month on Friday while further reviews are carried out, both organizations said.

Time and CNN are owned by Time Warner.

He admitted he lifted portions of an article written by New Yorker writer, Jil Lepore, which was initially published in April. The unattributed version authored by the TV host appeared in the wake of the recent twin shooting incidents in United States. He apologized to his viewers, readers and his Editors, and also apologized to Mr. Lepore.

The commentator said in a statement it was “a terrible mistake” and “ a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”

Mr. Zakaria, is a CNN host, an editor at large at Time, a Washington Post columnist and an author. He was born in India and graduated from Harvard and Yale.

The comparison:

Mr. Zakaria:

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.”

 Ms. Lepore:

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.”

The scandal came less than two weeks after a prominent science writer for New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer, admitted fabricating quotes for his best-selling book “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” Mr. Lehrer was forced to resign.


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  • LOUIS

    I can’t believe that Fareed did this. Word for word? What was he thinking?

  • judematrix

    CBN governor, its your turn for suspension for copy-copy