Fareed Zakaria gets even more plagiarism accusations

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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.

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  • davecross

    This guy long ago lost any credibility as an analyst. Why does he still have a job?

  • Nate Whilk

    ” Washington Post Editorial Editor Fred Hiatt told Poynter the allegations were “reckless.” ”

    Ah, a typical display of journalistic ethics. Allegations, my foot. “Open-and-shut case” and “res ipsa loquitur” come to mind.

  • Roger Bournival

    …or Mike Barnicle?

  • kryon77

    I don’t think anyone actually reads Fareed Zakaria or watches his show on CNN. That’s hyperbole, but it is accurate that his readership and viewership is quite low when viewed alongside comparable books, columns and cable shows. I doubt that any of Zakaria’s book publishers got their advances back. And yet he goes on, because his patrons imagine Zakaria is sophisticated, much like rubes used to think anyone speaking with a British accent carried some authority.

    Zakaria is not boring because he’s erudite (see, e.g., the plagiarism); he’s boring because he has nothing to say.

  • Kenneth Conway

    But what does Doris Kearns Goodwin have to say about all this?

  • Jimi Bones

    The pictured example is pure plagiarism. The yellow is half quote though but the rest is word for word taken from another text. Those may be facts but its a copy and paste and then he just added some modifiers. This guy deserves to go down.

  • DarthDisney

    I have noticed a general misunderstanding among some what plagiarism is, but in this case it wouldn’t surprise me. Ive never been a fan of this guy,

  • Outrider

    Mr. Zakaria sure has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Does he really think stonewalling in the answer?