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Fri August 10, 2012
Time, CNN Suspend Fareed Zakaria's Column, After Plagiarism Claim
Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:58 am
A little more than a week after a major plagiarism scandal brought down science wunderkind Jonah Lehrer, Time magazine said it was suspending Fareed Zakaria's column for a month.
Zakaria is an influential and respected commentator on foreign policy and also hosts a show on CNN called Fareed Zakaria GPS.
Earlier today, the conservative media watchdog Newsbusters accused Zakaria of lifting parts of his Time column on gun control from a New Yorker article on the same topic.
The two excerpts posted on the site were dramatically similar, though Zakaria does change a phrasing here and there.
By this afternoon, Zakaria had apologized for the passages in a statement to Atlantic Wire. He admitted that media critics were right to be concerned and said he had extended an apology to The New Yorker's Jill Lepore.
"I made a terrible mistake," he said. "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."
The Atlantic Wire also reports that following his apology, Time decided to suspend his column for a month, "pending further review."
Update at 5:45 p.m. ET. CNN Suspends Zakaria:
Politico reports that CNN has joined the fray, saying they have suspended Zakaria. Your Money with Ali Velshi will take over his spot.