This May 21, 2012 file photo shows columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria attending the 71st Annual Peabody Awards in New York. — Photo by AP

CNN host and Time magazine contributing editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria was suspended by his employers on Friday after he acknowledged copying material for a recent column he wrote about gun control from another writer.

Time said it was suspending Zakaria for one month, “pending further review,” and CNN said it had also suspended him for his journalistic misstep. CNN put no time limit on its suspension.

The sanctions came after Zakaria issued a public apology for borrowing from a recent New Yorker essay about gun control for a column he wrote for Time this week.

“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 23rd issue of the New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake,” Zakaria wrote in his apology.

“It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”

Ali Zelenko, a spokesman for Time, said the magazine accepted Zakaria's apology but felt compelled to act against him because he had violated its standards for all columnists.

“Their work must not only be factual but original; their view must not only be their own but their words as well,” Zelenko said.

CNN said its suspension of Zakaria was due to the fact that he wrote a blog post on CNN.com that was similar to his Time column and included “similar unattributed excerpts.”

Indian-born Zakaria studied at Yale and Harvard, was managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and then editor of Newsweek International for ten years before moving to CNN in 2010 to host Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Friday's public embarrassment for Zakaria followed a recent scandal involving New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer, who resigned on July 30.

Lehrer, a science journalist and author, quit after admitting that he made up quotes from legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works.”

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August 12, 2012 10:41 am
And we have Doctor Aamir Liaquat..........even after getting exposed got back with a bang.
August 12, 2012 10:05 am
Yes indeed cheaters have no parallel.
mohsin meghani
August 12, 2012 9:10 pm
In the West if you write against Iran and Pakistan you are more appreciated and that what FZ was.
javed qamer
August 12, 2012 9:47 pm
Fareed Zakaria has been caught twice for plagiarism. Whether he is pro or anti Pakistan is immaterial. He needs to have the book thrown at him. Javed Virginia
August 11, 2012 11:41 am
well said....
August 13, 2012 3:11 am
FZ I am waiting for you to make a comeback......
August 11, 2012 10:27 am
I could not help feeling 'amused' at Dawn's classification of this news item under 'Entertainment'. Perhaps someone can educate me if the resignation of the German minister for plagiarising his doctoral thesis fell under the same ambit or of the sacking of the HEC official for 'doctoring' her thesis. Would it not be better to classify it under 'Business' with its caveat of 'defective product'.
Dara Rao
August 13, 2012 1:20 pm
But a Indian secular from Mumbai India, Conferred with "Padma Bhushan" from Indian Goverment for journalism and also got "India Abroad" award
ali khan
August 12, 2012 2:49 pm
All indians are the same....
August 12, 2012 9:55 pm
This is not a case of pakistan vs. India, This is a case of personal honour and integrity. Can't you leave your ant-Pakistan bias for a moment to participate in a debate?
August 11, 2012 11:38 am
Well, Pakistanis need to look at themselves before they should speak. Pakistan is a trouble making country and I think its time that it should be treated like that no matter who is doing it Zakaria or someone else. Zakaria is a good journalist but there is always a thin line. At least he has accepted his mistake how many Pakistanis can do the same?
Syed Husain
August 11, 2012 11:35 am
Thank God Fareed Zakaria's family is not from Pakistan. He thinks that by presenting biased and anti-Muslim views, he will have a more successful carrier as a journalist in the western media. I think he should be shipped back to India.
gul alam
August 11, 2012 11:04 am
I am sorry for FZ. He is a brilliant writer. I am sure he will make a come back. It is good he has accepted wrong doing.
August 11, 2012 10:50 am
Serves him well. If CNN and Time want people to respect and trust them they must convert the suspension to termination. Plagiarism is inexcusable, particularly for journalists.
August 11, 2012 10:13 am
i don't know why but i am happy
August 12, 2012 9:44 am
established intellectual??? You got to read the article before posting comments, he was found guilty of plagiarism, mean he copied other peoples stuff and labelled them as his own..... a cheater and thief..... Rather than being proud you should be ashamed of him.......
August 11, 2012 10:13 am
Falsehood finally caught up with him.He tries to be more American than Americans. Glad to know that he was not Pakistani born otherwise Pakistan would have made another headline.
August 11, 2012 9:59 am
In fact, he's actually quite anti-Pakistan.
Yasa Ali Changezi
August 12, 2012 6:32 pm
I strongly believe that Pakistani media should also apply plagiarism-check on write ups including stories, news reports, articles and features. If anyone found guilty s/he should face censure and suspension.
August 12, 2012 12:49 pm
I am sorry to say that your statement that Pakistan is a trouble making country is not factual and simply shows lack of knowledge of the history of how Pakistan got to this stage. Trouble makers are eternal powers. Pakistan is a victim. Please educate yourself.w
August 12, 2012 12:15 pm
FZ is a writer and a journalist of a very high standard, he is beyond borders and must not be seen to represent any country. He is a good muslim hence a good person.To err is human, he only copied a brilliant article and has apologised for that .Hope matter will be closed amicably soon and he will be back on screen doing what he does very professionally.
M Haroon Jamshed
August 12, 2012 4:21 pm
You do not need to be recognized by the WEST to be a good writer or to be a good anyone.
August 12, 2012 11:05 am
I love my Indian friends, heck even my parents were born in India and I was born in Pakistan. I never liked him because of his bias and stereotyping of Pakistani people. The Pakistani people are going through such a bad time, everyday they are suffering and then insults and propaganda by foreign media is like the cream on the cake. I remember a time where Journalism was defined as recording and communication of observed worldly facts in a unbiased manner. Now a days anyone who can write a opinion piece or a magazine section is called a journalists.
August 12, 2012 11:03 am
very good so what
Dipesh Lall
August 12, 2012 7:39 am
This was a momentary lapse of judgement and not evidence of persistently shallow intellect. Zakaria made a grievous mistake and is paying for it now. His unequivocal admission of error is commendable and augers a timely rehabilitation amongst his audience. I do not always agree with his positions but his analysis is sturdy and his synthesis is reasoned. We in the sub-continent have a jealous (not envy) disposition. We should hold him accountable and then wish him well to resume his work. I would do the same for any other who is opposed to my ideas but is animated by pursuit of truth and informed by reason.
August 12, 2012 8:13 am
Famous for his anti-Pakistan rants. Good riddance
Rishi (nyc)
August 12, 2012 8:07 am
Dear Anil, please speak for yourself. May be benighted indian souls like you consider FZ to be a brand ambassador for India, but any semi-educated indian who has seen FZ's poorly thought out and near center of right american analyses would be actually relieved that FZ's deservedly off-air. He and us both need a vacation from his media-work. I can still recall his commetary on why the american education system is better than India/China despite the poor state of american high school graduates is because America produces more nobel prize winners. Any one who has any experience of higher education in the US can tell most of the departments are saturated with faculty and students of foreign origin, in my case of Physics mostly China, India and Eastern Europe. He won't be missed.
August 12, 2012 10:33 pm
Zakaria had the guts to accept the mistake and quit, why are we putting up with Amir Liaquit Ali, is beyond most of our imagination.
Bakhtiar Wain
August 12, 2012 5:57 am
Always doubted his integrity; his views always seemed to be borrowed or articulated intelligently to fan polpulist views.
August 11, 2012 7:39 am
FZ is not that smart in the first place; he lacks intellectual integrity and originality; he owes his present limelight to certain lobbies.
August 12, 2012 9:16 am
Cheater! Good riddance.
August 11, 2012 8:42 am
Fareed...This is not at all good ....We consider you as our BrandAmbas...but you defame our country .
Ahmed Jumma
August 11, 2012 9:04 am
Thanks God, Zakaria is not Pakistani, otherwise the world was upside down by the double standard media of the West for propagating against Pakistan.
August 11, 2012 9:17 am
Peter is right.
August 11, 2012 9:27 am
Never liked him as he was too biased against Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell
August 11, 2012 9:29 am
Zakaria does come close to the edge sometimes. I read that recent column of his on gun control because liberal ideas about gun control are poorly thought out. Most liberals do not know the difference between an automatic weapon and a semi automatic weapon. There already is a ban on possession of fully automatic weapons in the United States. The good people obey the law and do not own them, but it does not prevent criminals from possessing them. They are the weapons of choice for young career criminals. So let's not take the citizens' guns away. Assassins in Pakistan use motorbikes and fully automatic weapons such as the AK-47.
Gerry D'Cunha
August 11, 2012 9:32 am
Not a Pakistani - but a Muslim?
Dan Johnson
August 11, 2012 9:37 am
This guy was a fraud ...serves him right.
August 12, 2012 10:18 pm
like he had any choice :D
August 11, 2012 12:53 pm
And rightfully so..
August 11, 2012 1:12 pm
The word bias doesn't show his hatred against Pakistan for no real reason.
August 11, 2012 1:13 pm
This is tragic. I see comments about him being anti Pakistani. He was nothing of the kind. Aside from the article for which he got in trouble (which had nothing to do with Pakistan), he was very fact driven.
August 11, 2012 1:19 pm
He showed his double standards the way his own people especially the film industry runs on duplicity and plagiarizm.
August 11, 2012 1:38 pm
Can some one tell me why Fareed Zakaria who is a Muslim dislikes many aspects of Pakistani politics?
jawed sarwar
August 11, 2012 2:00 pm
Farid Zakria is known and appreciated world wide if he wrote some truth about Pakistan then we should not blame the writer. We should try to correct our short coomings,corruptions,nepotism and have tolerance with our own Pakistani who belong to different provinces and speak different lanuages. Do not blame Farid Zakria.
August 12, 2012 1:20 pm
no defence for Zakaria' actions, but don't judge the person from the mistake which he accepted. There are people who have forged degrees and sit in the parliment pretending nothing ever happened!
August 11, 2012 2:21 pm
Guys, he just copied someone article, not a big crime like people are making here and he accepted his mistake and doesn't dance around like Pakistan.
August 12, 2012 2:38 pm
Keep in mind he is just suspended for a month or so....He will come back...after come back he will say I am so sorry for everything what I did ...please accept my sincere aplogies and and than again start bashing us .......
Abdul Rehman Halani
August 11, 2012 2:52 pm
Fareed flys with winds. He changed his comments what the people wants to hears rather than what is the truth. Of course, he is biased, he is against Pakistan and favoring India. If he was to be suspended, he should have been suspended because of his biased opinion. However, he is very brilliant and a good writer.
Wajid Khan
August 12, 2012 12:52 pm
He had no choice no escape, evidence against him was glaring. So he had to appologise. He has superficial knowledge.
August 11, 2012 3:33 pm
FZ was a competent journalist. Had he been a gora may be things would not have ended so badly for him. Once reputation is lost every thing is lost. Remember the parsi guy who writes for Dawn, once he was also caught plagiarizing. But nothing happened as no one is accountable here.
John Young
August 11, 2012 3:39 pm
I concur...
August 11, 2012 4:13 pm
Finally, the cheater is exposed
August 11, 2012 5:25 pm
typical of indians
Tariq K Sami
August 11, 2012 5:53 pm
He said sorry. But if that's what you do for a living than sorry is probably not enough it should be a fine as well as compensation to the other guy.
August 11, 2012 5:55 pm
Good riddance; he had half baked ideas about Central and South Asia.
August 11, 2012 5:55 pm
I am glad this rubbish man is gone. He is very anti Pakistani
August 11, 2012 6:52 pm
you can't do tit for tat that is why you are happy to see your foe rolling on thorns for sometime, don't forget he is coming back to bite you again
Syed Ashraf
August 11, 2012 7:33 pm
Yes Fareed zakaria is very anti Pakistan. I just had a gut feeling that this guy is too good to be true. I never liked him. I hope he never gets his job back at CNN which he uses as a propogando machine against Pakistan by bringing in people to the show who have biased opinion about Pakistan.
Arif Khan
August 11, 2012 8:12 pm
One less Pakistan basher on the media....I'm glad.
nabeel khan
August 11, 2012 8:13 pm
Yes Shame to us as we can't even produce someone like him to say the least. He is admitting his fault unlike Pakistanis who believe there are Allah's blessing on earth ( yet to shine) . MY fellow Pakistani's stop bickering on others and act on something to be proud of.
August 11, 2012 8:25 pm
and yet he used to write for TIME magazine. One needs a good lobby in this world to go up the ranks.
August 11, 2012 8:27 pm
At least he accepted his mistake and asked for apology. In Pakistan, many educationist, professor hold Phds with plagiarize thesis yet they proudly call themselves as Ph.D.
August 11, 2012 8:32 pm
Good riddance, his mediocrity was lame and boring...
August 11, 2012 8:45 pm
I never liked the guy anyways
August 11, 2012 9:02 pm
I have never been impressed by his talk since he has never been neutral on issues. What a SHAME, CNN and TIME put an unworthy cheat on a pedestal. Once a cheat always a cheat. Plagiarism cannot be tolerated especially from a CNN and TIME brand ambassador.
Muhammad Alvi
August 11, 2012 10:19 pm
Farid Zakaria is a distinguished journalist. He is highly respected in USA or even internationally. I watch his GPS program on CNN regularly on Sundays. It is too bad, that he copied material from another report by somebody else. He is very knowledgeable and seems very fair on his program. To Pakistani's in Pakistan he may sound prejudiced, because he is not taking sides with Pakistan. I feel just the opposite. I sometimes feel that CNN may not like some of his criticism of US policies and may say something to him. You should not expect him to say something good about Pakistan, that is not true. How much good Pakistan has that someone can talk about?
August 11, 2012 10:40 pm
lol @ cyril's last line. how exactly is that relevant?
August 12, 2012 5:50 pm
Do we, as Pakistani nationals like many aspects of Pakistani politics? Not really. So why blame him?
August 12, 2012 5:45 pm
Because he has the conviction to point out the truth abouth Pakistan and its corrupt ways
Tahir Kazmi
August 12, 2012 2:36 am
Zakaria is great jounnlist. Through the history famous and great writers have made mistakes. It has nothing to do if one is Indian or Pakistani. Pakistani or Indians are not saints. Every body gets tempted. If there is a trend in a writer's writings then certainly shoot him , but if this his first mistake then he all the right to given a chance. He has great cotribution in journalism and he should be given a chance.
Salman Dasti
August 12, 2012 7:32 am
Generally media and jounalist are not intellectuals, globally it is true and in Pakistan its pretty obvious.
August 12, 2012 3:50 am
Good luck zakaria. we all pakistanies are so happy for you.
August 12, 2012 4:56 am
You Pakistanis never liked him because he is Indian.But he is brilliant. You just cannot stand criticism
August 12, 2012 4:59 am
You Pakistanis never liked him because he is Indian.But he is brilliant.
August 12, 2012 7:35 am
Gone to Yale & Harvard, then joined Foreign Affairs mag, 10 years with Newsweek, and these days with CNN and Time mag .. God knows what he learned out there !
August 12, 2012 5:06 am
serve him right
August 12, 2012 9:32 am
and despite all your acclaim for him, he is still guilty of plagiarism...
August 12, 2012 5:14 am
"While I agree with Mr.Zakaria that the dangers of Nuclear power is hugely overblown, it's AMUSING to see Mr.Zakaria projecting himself as an AUTHORITY on every issue under the sun be it the economy or energy, the environment, healthcare, terror etc. etc. We see him being interviewed (stage managed) by some INVISIBLE, or his HAND-PICKED people on CNN all the time just to establish himself as an authority, unlike most other respected commentators. What Mr. Zakaria surely excels in is skimming the issues/recommendations from already published studies & reports, and present them as his original ideas, in many cases without ever referring to the source documents/studies. He does that through some CATCHY & SENSATIONAL titles designed to grab reader’s attention and imprint his stamp of authority, literally as a GOSPEL!”
ayaz khan
August 12, 2012 6:22 am
pakistani media should learn, our anchors made terrible mistakes during the recent drama staged by agha waqar (water car kti) but no anchor made apology. fz is great intellectual, he was not supposed to commit such act
Ali Vaqar Awan
August 12, 2012 5:18 pm
Before making comments about Pakistan, Fareed Zakaria should visit Pakistan first, then decide what to say or not. It is highly appreciated he appologized for his mistake but he should also face punishment for his bad act.
Sadrudddin Mitha
August 12, 2012 8:51 am
Give me name of one Pakistani wh has reached the status of Fareed Zakaria in West. He is well recognised and an established intellectual. I find no parallel in Paksitan, we only make a mountain out of mole,
True Pakistani
August 12, 2012 11:11 pm
- at least he admitted and apologized for what he did because he has some self respect still left. a pakistani, on the other hand, will NEVER admit and will quickly blame foreign hand becaause he has NO SELF RESPECT.
Rubel Khan
August 12, 2012 11:13 pm
He is using Muslim name indeed he is not a Muslim anymore. I have personally seen him eating pork and drinking whiskey at one of the party in DC. he calls himself a secular without an attachment to religion dogma. His pattens were Muslim but no him. Check this out on Google. His success came from using a Muslim name to attack Muslims. It is a recipe of success in US Media these days unfortunately. Rubel Khan DC
August 12, 2012 11:21 pm
I wish our journalists learn from this.
Anila bhullar
August 13, 2012 1:31 am
He is not being dislikd because of his nationality, otherwise you will not find us praising indian cricketrs or actors etc. it was his biasd attitude which is clearly felt by many in his interviews and columns. I personally have seen his stuff. And on top of it if he had a charactr he woudnt have copied someone elses work without giving his refrence.
August 13, 2012 2:17 am
The most bitter words FZ had to hear was from Musharraf,who told him,(They know what we got) during an interview regarding Pakistans capablities incase of an attack.
August 13, 2012 2:57 am
yeah we all know ...pakistan has many problems....but can you do or say say some thing whice can bring pakistan to some positivity. why every bad person has be linked or compared with pakistanis....???
August 13, 2012 3:02 am
it is just one case and he has accepted his mistake how many of us have such courage....
Ghareeb Adami
August 13, 2012 3:26 am
Don't say that. We do not want to be like him. He did not do this the first time. And how is he the best intellectual?
John Young
August 13, 2012 5:01 am
Muslim bashing can take you to the top of the status very quickly...
August 13, 2012 5:04 am
After migrating from india he achieved in the land of oppertunity a status and recognition which very very few migrants achieve.We must give the devil his due.Rivals took full advantag of his BLUNDER he made.After all he is a human being and greed for fame makes a man blind.
Fair Minded Indian
August 13, 2012 6:28 am
Fareed Zakaria has achieved a rare status in the US media due to his brilliance and objectivity. While he might have made a small mistake, which he could have said was due to confusion, he admitted his mistake. As to Pakistani people and culture, they cheat 1 million times worse than Fareed Zakaria. They lie outright all the time. Internationally everyone hates Pakistan. Nobody trusts them. Pakistani people, please look in the mirror before being so nasty to Fareed Zakaria.
August 13, 2012 8:58 am
I am sorry I don’t know what you mean by 'eternal powers'. I believe you meant external powers. If you look at the world politics intervention from external powers are always present in almost every country. This is not a new thing. Also, I was not talking about the country. My first word was Pakistani. I believe you live in Canada look around you and think honestly why Pakistani's are the only immigrants who live below poverty line in Canada? Also, external powers only able to win over a country when you keep your doors open for them. External powers are not involved in corruption in Pakistan. They dont come and break signals. Its Pakistanis who do that. These Pakistanis are not all those who live in Pakistan ask and think by yourself all NRP when they go to Pakistan how many time they break red-light. So, I am sorry to say that we never stop and think what we have done wrong but we rather shift blame on someone else.
August 13, 2012 3:16 pm
Since they are not caught in USA
Masood Hussatn
August 13, 2012 3:20 pm
What is difference between plagiarism and putting some body else'thoughts btween quotes,just to support your views.Most of the lournalists do that In our country most of the journalists copy other people ideas with out acknowledging and are stlill considered respectable Our T.V anchors hardly make any effort at any original analysis and still like to be labeled as famous experts.It is the reader or the viewer who should be able to distinguish between original and the copied. Zakaria always pretended to be very clever.
August 13, 2012 3:25 pm
Guys first of all, he is not an Indian but an Indian born groomed in USA. It is not that we Indians and Pakistanis do not have cheats. So lets accept they we all got our cheats and it is individual act. I feel bad for him but he should not have been doing this even though I am a Pakistani. Anyways, lets stop pointing at each other just because a cheat was caught. PEACE
August 13, 2012 4:34 pm
When one gets caught, most likely that's not the first time one has committed that crime or act. FZ has lost the journalistic credibility and even after his rehabilitation he will not be trusted for his work.
August 15, 2012 7:06 am
Drinking and eating Haram doesn't stop anyone from calling themselves Muslim these days. Just take a look at those Bollywood Khans.
Imtiaz Khan
August 16, 2012 4:42 am
Farid Zakria is a renowned analyst...one mistake doesn't rubbish him. we need people who are critical of Pakistan that show the mirror to our rulers.
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