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Time and CNN suspend Fareed Zakaria for plagiarism

Published Aug 11, 2012 07:23am


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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 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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Comments (100) Closed

ysk Aug 12, 2012 10:41am
And we have Doctor Aamir Liaquat..........even after getting exposed got back with a bang.
asfi Aug 12, 2012 10:05am
Yes indeed cheaters have no parallel.
mohsin meghani Aug 12, 2012 09:10pm
In the West if you write against Iran and Pakistan you are more appreciated and that what FZ was.
javed qamer Aug 12, 2012 09:47pm
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
Khalid Aug 11, 2012 11:41am
well said....
@amitsingh1280 Aug 13, 2012 03:11am
FZ I am waiting for you to make a comeback......
Aziz Aug 11, 2012 10:27am
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 Aug 13, 2012 01:20pm
But a Indian secular from Mumbai India, Conferred with "Padma Bhushan" from Indian Goverment for journalism and also got "India Abroad" award
ali khan Aug 12, 2012 02:49pm
All indians are the same....
Mahmood Aug 12, 2012 09:55pm
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?
Syed Aug 11, 2012 11:38am
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 Aug 11, 2012 11:35am
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 Aug 11, 2012 11:04am
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.
Essjay Aug 11, 2012 10:50am
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.
muhammad Aug 11, 2012 10:13am
i don't know why but i am happy
Zia Aug 12, 2012 09:44am
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.......
SMKhan Aug 11, 2012 10:13am
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.
Ozzz Aug 11, 2012 09:59am
In fact, he's actually quite anti-Pakistan.
Yasa Ali Changezi Aug 12, 2012 06:32pm
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.
Canadianw Aug 12, 2012 12:49pm
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
Atique Aug 12, 2012 12:15pm
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 Aug 12, 2012 04:21pm
You do not need to be recognized by the WEST to be a good writer or to be a good anyone.
Harry Aug 12, 2012 11:05am
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.
@RameshManghirma Aug 12, 2012 11:03am
very good so what
Dipesh Lall Aug 12, 2012 07:39am
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.
Ajamal Aug 12, 2012 08:13am
Famous for his anti-Pakistan rants. Good riddance
Rishi (nyc) Aug 12, 2012 08:07am
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.
Syed Aug 12, 2012 10:33pm
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 Aug 12, 2012 05:57am
Always doubted his integrity; his views always seemed to be borrowed or articulated intelligently to fan polpulist views.
Peter Aug 11, 2012 07:39am
FZ is not that smart in the first place; he lacks intellectual integrity and originality; he owes his present limelight to certain lobbies.
Bill Aug 12, 2012 09:16am
Cheater! Good riddance.
anil Aug 11, 2012 08:42am
Fareed...This is not at all good ....We consider you as our BrandAmbas...but you defame our country .
Ahmed Jumma Aug 11, 2012 09:04am
Thanks God, Zakaria is not Pakistani, otherwise the world was upside down by the double standard media of the West for propagating against Pakistan.
Aamir Aug 11, 2012 09:17am
Peter is right.
Obser Aug 11, 2012 09:27am
Never liked him as he was too biased against Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell Aug 11, 2012 09:29am
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 Aug 11, 2012 09:32am
Not a Pakistani - but a Muslim?
Dan Johnson Aug 11, 2012 09:37am
This guy was a fraud ...serves him right.
AAMIR Aug 12, 2012 10:18pm
like he had any choice :D
kashif Aug 11, 2012 12:53pm
And rightfully so..
GoodNews Aug 11, 2012 01:12pm
The word bias doesn't show his hatred against Pakistan for no real reason.
Silajit Aug 11, 2012 01:13pm
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.
GoodNews Aug 11, 2012 01:19pm
He showed his double standards the way his own people especially the film industry runs on duplicity and plagiarizm.
Rao Aug 11, 2012 01:38pm
Can some one tell me why Fareed Zakaria who is a Muslim dislikes many aspects of Pakistani politics?
jawed sarwar Aug 11, 2012 02:00pm
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.
Nadeem Aug 12, 2012 01:20pm
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!
jai Aug 11, 2012 02:21pm
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.
Jafri676 Aug 12, 2012 02:38pm
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 Aug 11, 2012 02:52pm
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 Aug 12, 2012 12:52pm
He had no choice no escape, evidence against him was glaring. So he had to appologise. He has superficial knowledge.
shab Aug 11, 2012 03:33pm
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 Aug 11, 2012 03:39pm
I concur...
edward Aug 11, 2012 04:13pm
Finally, the cheater is exposed
muhib Aug 11, 2012 05:25pm
typical of indians
Tariq K Sami Aug 11, 2012 05:53pm
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.
LearnedK Aug 11, 2012 05:55pm
Good riddance; he had half baked ideas about Central and South Asia.
@tangoscott Aug 11, 2012 05:55pm
I am glad this rubbish man is gone. He is very anti Pakistani
farji Aug 11, 2012 06:52pm
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 Aug 11, 2012 07:33pm
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 Aug 11, 2012 08:12pm
One less Pakistan basher on the media....I'm glad.
nabeel khan Aug 11, 2012 08:13pm
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.
Fika77 Aug 11, 2012 08:25pm
and yet he used to write for TIME magazine. One needs a good lobby in this world to go up the ranks.
Qamer Aug 11, 2012 08:27pm
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.
desi77 Aug 11, 2012 08:32pm
Good riddance, his mediocrity was lame and boring...
Asim Aug 11, 2012 08:45pm
I never liked the guy anyways
Sohaib Aug 11, 2012 09:02pm
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 Aug 11, 2012 10:19pm
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?
imran Aug 11, 2012 10:40pm
lol @ cyril's last line. how exactly is that relevant?
Romanov Aug 12, 2012 05:50pm
Do we, as Pakistani nationals like many aspects of Pakistani politics? Not really. So why blame him?
Ayaz Aug 12, 2012 05:45pm
Because he has the conviction to point out the truth abouth Pakistan and its corrupt ways
Tahir Kazmi Aug 12, 2012 02:36am
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 Aug 12, 2012 07:32am
Generally media and jounalist are not intellectuals, globally it is true and in Pakistan its pretty obvious.
asif Aug 12, 2012 03:50am
Good luck zakaria. we all pakistanies are so happy for you.
victor Aug 12, 2012 04:56am
You Pakistanis never liked him because he is Indian.But he is brilliant. You just cannot stand criticism
victor Aug 12, 2012 04:59am
You Pakistanis never liked him because he is Indian.But he is brilliant.
@sahRIZVI Aug 12, 2012 07:35am
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 !
Gauhar Aug 12, 2012 05:06am
serve him right
anees Aug 12, 2012 09:32am
and despite all your acclaim for him, he is still guilty of plagiarism...
Amit-Atlanta-USA Aug 12, 2012 05:14am
"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 Aug 12, 2012 06:22am
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 Aug 12, 2012 05:18pm
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 Aug 12, 2012 08:51am
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 Aug 12, 2012 11:11pm
- 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 Aug 12, 2012 11:13pm
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
Pakistan Aug 12, 2012 11:21pm
I wish our journalists learn from this.
Anila bhullar Aug 13, 2012 01:31am
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.
azad Aug 13, 2012 02:17am
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.
nommy123 Aug 13, 2012 02:57am
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....???
@amitsingh1280 Aug 13, 2012 03:02am
it is just one case and he has accepted his mistake how many of us have such courage....
Ghareeb Adami Aug 13, 2012 03:26am
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 Aug 13, 2012 05:01am
Muslim bashing can take you to the top of the status very quickly...
ShaukatFarooq Aug 13, 2012 05:04am
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 Aug 13, 2012 06:28am
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.
Syed Aug 13, 2012 08:58am
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.
Ali Aug 13, 2012 03:16pm
Since they are not caught in USA
Masood Hussatn Aug 13, 2012 03:20pm
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.
Ali Aug 13, 2012 03:25pm
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
eph Aug 13, 2012 04:34pm
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.
non Aug 15, 2012 07:06am
Drinking and eating Haram doesn't stop anyone from calling themselves Muslim these days. Just take a look at those Bollywood Khans.
Imtiaz Khan Aug 16, 2012 04:42am
Farid Zakria is a renowned mistake doesn't rubbish him. we need people who are critical of Pakistan that show the mirror to our rulers.