Issuses with Zakaria’s WaPo Columns ‘Problematic’

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The Washington Post is likely to add editor’s notes to five columns by Fareed Zakaria following a report by plagiarism watchdog Our Bad Media. The report encourages The Post to correct six columns in which Zakaria used material from other sources without “proper attribution.”

Last week, Our Bad Media reported seven additional columns of Zakaria’s that required correction, which Newsweek eventually modified.

The Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told POLITICO in an email on Monday, “Five of the six cases cited in the latest anonymous posting strike me as problematic in their absence of full attribution. This is unfair to readers and to the original sources. We will take a fuller look over the next day or two, but we probably will attach messages to the archived editions of the five original columns.”

“All these examples predate August 2012, when Fareed acknowledged similar problems in a column for Time magazine,” Hiatt continued. “At that time he said that he was overextended and that he would simplify his schedule to put more priority on his column and to make sure no such problems recurred.”