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Enigmatic media critics @crushingbort and @blippoblappo say they've found more examples of Fareed Zakaria lifting material from other texts. The purportedly purloined passages, they say, appear in Zakaria's 2008 book "The Post-American World" and in Newsweek and Foreign Affairs cover stories.

"On more than a number of occasions, Zakaria has taken entire paragraphs from the authors and shifted them around in an apparent attempt to avoid detection," they write.

Here's one of their examples, of stuff they say Zakaria stole from Fawaz Gerges (click to view bigger):


Zakaria responded to @crushingbort and @blippoblappo's first post about his work, saying their previous examples "are all facts, not someone else's writing or opinions or expressions." Washington Post Editorial Editor Fred Hiatt told Poynter the allegations were "reckless." Time, for which Zakaria last wrote a column in March, told Poynter it planned to re-review Zakaria's work. (He joined Atlantic Media as a contributing editor last month.)

"W.W. Norton, the publisher of Zakaria’s book, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs owe it to everyone who ever picked up a copy of his work to review and address these issues," the bloggers write. Poynter is working on getting comment from these organizations.

Previously: Zakaria: "I was not trying to pass the work off as my own." (CNN) | Former Newsweek editor says his writing appeared under Zakaria’s byline (Poynter) | Time, CNN reinstate Fareed Zakaria after plagiarism investigations (Poynter)

Correction: This post originally misspelled Gerges' first name.