This morning on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter gave his take on the plagiarism allegations against colleague Fareed Zakaria.
“My reporting leads me to believe that Zakaria’s program made some attribution mistakes, a small number, to be fair,” Stelter said. “They are the kind of mistakes that other journalists can learn from, and viewers too.”
Stelter went on to suggest the closer you look at the 26 plagiarism charges OurBad Media leveled against Zakaria’s “GPS” program, the “less it looks like capital P plagiarism.” “But when you zoom out, there’s a perception problem,” Stelter continued, noting examples of “GPS” lifting sentences from an appeals court ruling without attribution and taking raw materials from The Economist and New York Times and rewording them minimally.
Stelter told his audience he wishes he could get Zakaria’s side of things, but he declined to be interviewed. He did provide a statement from CNN.