Conservative media are touting the exposure of plagiarism in a column about gun control by Time magazine writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria. Time and CNN have suspended Zakaria over the incident. NewsBusters, a website devoted to “exposing and combating liberal media bias,” says it was told by the National Rifle Association’s nranews.com that a Zakaria column last week contained passages similar to a recent article on the subject in The New Yorker magazine.
Last Friday afternoon, Zakaria said, “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.” Time then said it “ 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. As a result, we are suspending Fareed’s column for a month, pending further review.”