CNN, Time Magazine Suspend Fareed Zakaria For Plagiarism

John Nolte
Big Journalism
10 Aug 2012

Our friend Tim Graham at Newsbusters lays it out:

When CNN host and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria wrote a new piece called “The Case for Gun Control,” it ended with a bang: “So when people throw up their hands and say we can’t do anything about guns, tell them they’re being un-American–and unintelligent.”

Here’s something that suggests a lack of intelligence: plagiarism. Cam Edwards at suggested to me that Zakaria seemed to plagiarize a paragraph from an April article in The New Yorker magazine — with a modicum word-usage changes and interjections (Texas!) in an attempt to paper it over.

Graham then puts both paragraphs side by side.

I’m no journalist — and therefore have no idea what rises to the level of plagiarism, but there’s no question that the similarity in the paragraphs is striking.

Graham also points out that this is not the first time Zakaria has faced these accusations.

Picking up where Newsbusters left off, The Atlantic found two more, although less egregious examples of similarities between Zarakria’s Time piece and the one in question in The New Yorker

Read the entire article at Big Journalism.

Update: He Didn’t Build That Paragraph: Author and CNN Anchor NewsBusted for Plagiarism

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