Fareed Zakaria apologized to viewers for plagiarism as he returned to his CNN show “GPS” on Sunday:

A final personal note. As some of you know, two weeks ago, I wrote a column in Time Magazine and neglected to quote a New Yorker essay by Jill Lepore that I drew closely from.

I was not trying to pass the work off as my own. I prominently cited the book, “Gun Fight” by Adam Winkler that contained all the historical data that both Lepore and I wrote about it, but I absolutely should have quote[d] or cited the New Yorker essay as well.

It was a mistake, but an honest one and I apologized. Time and CNN conducted exhaustive investigations looking at over 50 pages of research for that column as well as years of my commentary and found nothing to merit further action.

Time said it was entirely satisfied that this was an unintentional* and isolated error. For my part, I just want to say again how sorry I am and let’s get started.

*The transcript originally said “intentional and isolated error.” CNN told us it was a typo and that Zakaria said “unintentional.” They later fixed the transcript and we modified the quote above.

Related: Why some TV plagiarists get punished more than others (The Hollywood Reporter) | Lifestyles of the rich & loquacious (The Atlantic) | “Even if public criticism doesn’t affect their real-world income, it does affect their intellectual standing” (Foreign Policy) | Is social media anti-citation? (Policymic)

Fareed Zakara, CNN (transcript)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 Anonymous

    The CNN’s GPS website has finally corrected that typoed gaffe statement above, and it now reads “Time said it was entirely satisfied that this was an unintentional and isolated error. For my part, I just want to say again how sorry I am and let’s get started.” *That* ABOVE IN POST was how the transcript read at first in rush job transcription. It was a typo and what Zakaria actually said was “unintentional.” As I heard it and have it on tape. They have fixed the transcript now and the quote above in the acutal QUOTE post should be fixed now too. Case closed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 Anonymous

    Strange, 12 hours after allerting FZ and CNN in Bejing office and getting email replies saying thanks we will fix it ASAP, the transcript still reads: “Time said it was entirely satisfied that this was an intentional and isolated error.” I guess FIXING a CNN webpage takes a miracle, and even Fareed getting on the typo case cannot budge the webmasters from fixing a very embarrassing typing gaffe. How long does it take? Go into the page, add UN to intentional to make it UNINTENTIONAL and get on with it. No? I suspect now that this will NEVER be fixed online. Maybe Craig S in the Corrections dept can get to the bottom fo this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 Anonymous

    I alerted Mr Zakaria to this ”atomic typo” in the rushed transcript on CNN website , using both email and twitter, and he replied, via email, in internet time, notice lowercase for internet, –”Thanks so much, Dan” and a second email cc: “Sujata, can you handle?” So it should be fixed soon. Good catch, Poynter! I had not seen that last night when i sent it to you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=749911534 Anonymous

    Wow, I heard the speech on CNN on air, and he said UNintentional. I didn’t even notice that the transcript says intentional. As the CNN site says, that is what they call “a rush transscript” meaning they pay some company to ASAP type out a transcript of selected CNN shows, but of course typos do and will occur. He did say UNINTENTIONAL when speaking. The typist made what we in the trade call an atomic typo, meaning spellcheck could not spot it. – [dan bloom]