Fareed Zakaria apologized Friday for plagiarizing, saying he made "a terrible mistake," adding: "It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault."
NEW YORK — Time editor-at-large and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by the magazine and the cable network for plagiarizing several paragraphs by another writer for use in a recent Time column.
Zakaria apologized Friday, saying he made “a terrible mistake,” adding: “It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”
Time spokeswoman Ali Zelenko said the magazine accepts Zakaria’s apology but would suspend his column for one month, “pending further review.”
“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,” Zelenko said.
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Shortly afterward, CNN — which like Time is owned by Time Warner — said it had removed from the network’s website a blog post that “included similar unattributed excerpts,” and taken Zakaria off the air indefinitely.
“CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review,” CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Dargan said.
She said Zakaria’s Sunday public-affairs program, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” will have its time slots filled in the interim by “Your Money with Ali Veshi” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
Earlier Friday, media reporters had called attention to similarities between passages in Zakaria’s column about gun control that appeared in Time’s issue dated Aug. 20 and paragraphs from an article on the same subject by Harvard University history professor Jill Lepore published in April in The New Yorker magazine.
In Zakaria’s column, “The Case for Gun Control,” he began one paragraph with the sentences: “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.”
A corresponding passage in Lenore’s New Yorker essay, “Battleground America,” begins: “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.”
The Washington Post, which publishes a separate column by Zakaria, said it was reviewing Zakaria’s work for the newspaper.
In 2009, Zakaria was accused of using, without credit, material published by Atlantic magazine columnist Jeffrey Goldberg.
Material from The New York Times and The Washington Post is included in this report.