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Time, CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for plagiarism on 'Wisconsin Gurdwara' column

india Updated: Aug 11, 2012 21:45 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Time and CNN on Friday suspended Fareed Zakaria, a columnist and TV host, after he admitted to "similarities" in a piece he wrote this week and an article carried by another magazine.


The two news outlets both owned by Time Warner also pulled out the pieces, announcing the suspension was for a month pending further review.

Zakaria, 48, an Indian-American son of late Congress politician Rafique Zakaria, writes a weekly column for Time and hosts a Sunday show for CNN, and contributes to many other dailies.

His last Time column "The case for gun control" written in the aftermath of the attack on a gurdwara in Wisconsin was found too similar to a piece carried earlier by the New Yorker.

Zakaria issued an apology saying, "Media reporters have pointed out those paragraphs in my Time column this week 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 to my readers."

Time said it was suspending Zakaria's column for a month, pending review.

"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," said Time spokeswoman Ali Zelenko, adding, "As a result, we are suspending Fareed's column for a month, pending further review."

CNN, on which Zakaria hosts a weekly foreign affairs show 'Fareed Zakaria GPS', said it would suspend the show for an indefinite period pending review.

"We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria's TIME column, for which he has apologised. He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com 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," CNN said.

The paragraph that got Fareed Zakaria in trouble

"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."

The original passage written by Jill Lepore in the magazine's April 23 issue

"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."