‘Time’ and CNN Suspend Zakaria

Columnist apologizes for 'The New Yorker' ripoff

Fareed Zakaria apologized for plagiarizing The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore, but Time suspended the editor at large's column for a month anyway.

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,” a Time rep said in a statement late Friday afternoon. “As a result, we are suspending Fareed's column for a month, pending further review.”

Later that afternoon, CNN said it removed a similar blog post from its website and that it has suspended Zakaria, a host for the news network, while the matter is under review.

Here’s Zakaria’s statement:

"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. 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."

At issue: Zakaria's column about gun control in the Aug. 20 issue that contains a section that's remarkably similar to Lepore's piece.

Zakaria has been accused of plagiarism before, as The Atlantic pointed out here.