In world of journalism, as well as in life, there are rules that must be followed. Those who write columns for news organizations are supposed to be expressing ideas and opinions based on factual information. Most important is that the words used are original and not belonging to someone else. The repercussions for committing plagiarism can be devastating and unfortunately for Fareed Zakaria, he is about to find out what those repercussions can be.
Fareed Zakaria, who was a columnist for Time magazine and CNN, was suspended by both news organizations after he confessed to plagiarism. The article he said he plagiarized was an article in the New Yorker on gun control. Zakaria said, “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 23 issue of The New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake.” He also said that, “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.”
Fareed’s apology was accepted, according to Time’s spokeswoman Ali Zelenko, “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.” She added that Fareed’s column will be suspended for a month while they continue to review the issue.
CNN has also said it was suspending Zakaria due to the fact that he had written a shorter version of his column on their website that included “similar unattributed excerpts.”
CNN is a part of Time’s parent company, Time Warner. Ironically, it was about two weeks earlier that The New Yorker was involved in their own scandal regarding the accuracy of their journalists. Apparently, reporter Jonah Lehrer admitted that in a book he had written, he’d made up quotes that were not actually said by famous singer Bob Dylan. This was different from what Fareed had done in the Time incident, as he ended up writing several sentences nearly word for word the same as a previously submitted article to The New Yorker.
I said earlier that plagiarism was something in journalism that is largely frowned upon. There was a time that anyone caught committing plagiarism was a deadly journalistic sin that often there was no way for redemption. However, times have changed as well as what not only society will accept but also in the world of journalism. However, with the lack of ethics and values that exist in journalism today, who knows what the fate will be for Fareed Zakaria.
Fareed Zakaria Suspended for Plagiarism by CNN, Time
Fareed Zakaria is currently suspended from both CNN and TIME Magazine for allegedly plagiarizing New Yorker writer Jill Lepore.
TIME, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria
Howard Kurtz talk about allegations of plagiarism.