Fareed Zakaria, darling of NY1 and beyond

Fareed on NY1.jpgNewsweek International‘s Fareed Zakaria is back from Baghdad and coming to all manner of media near you: first with his oft-emailed review of Thomas Friedman’s “The World Is Flat” in this Sunday’s NYT Book Review, then with an adoring profile on NY1 by Budd Mishkin, and Friday on the web in a live-chat Newsweek forum on his Newsweek (and Newsweek International) cover story on the rise of China, wrapping it all up with his appearance as a regular on ABC’s “This Week.” Phew! I’m exhausted for him.

In the NY1 profile, Zakaria comes across as a smart, thoughtful, down-to-earth guy, a man who gives credit to Jon Stewart for his own bon mot and who brings his son along with him to his D.C. tapings for some father-son quality time (“He sits in the green room and somebody has to take care of him for the 12-14 minutes that I’m on air…John McCain did it once, Pat Leahy did it once”).

Beyond that, though, NY1 sets Zakaria up for loftier things:

But Zakaria’s admirers include some pretty serious folks, like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. And it’s been suggested more than once that Zakaria may one day follow in their footsteps, a suggestion Zakaria says is unnerving and gets in the way of the work he’s doing now.

Hmm. The things that get in the way of the work he’s doing now are quite different from the things that get in the way of the work I’m doing now. Catch more of Fareed Zakaria wherever there are newspapers, magazines, televisions and the Internet.