TIME Magazine and CNN suspended TV host and columnist Fareed Zakaria Friday after he publicly apologized to Jill Lepore for plagiarizing sections of an essay she wrote for the April 23 issue of The New Yorker.
"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 23 issue of The New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake," Zakaria said in a statement to The Atlantic Wire. "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."
In Jill Lepore's essay, she wrote, "Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons in 1813, and other states soon followed....Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the 'mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder.'"
According to The Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria's TIME column "The Case for Gun Control," he wrote:
"Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed...Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas (Texas!) explained in 1893, the 'mission of the the concealed deadly weapon is murder.'"
The all too similar language was first pointed out by Cam Edwards of NRANews.com. Edwards told Tim Graham at NewsBusters.org that he believed Zakaria had plagiarized Lepore's article.
According to The Washington Post, CNN has decided to not air Fareed Zakaria's show, Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday.
Zakaria also writes columns for The Washington Post, and despite the controversy surrounding him, his next column is scheduled to appear in The Post Wednesday.
Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post issued a statement about Zakaria Friday"
"Fareed Zakaria is a valued contributor," he said. "We've never had any reason to doubt the integrity of his work for us. Given his acknowledgment today, we intend to review his work with him."
This is actually not the first time Zakaria has been accused of plagiarism. The LA Times reports that in 2009, writer Jeffrey Goldberg said Zakaria, who was writing for Newsweek at the time, used quotes from Goldberg's interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and one of his advisors, but had never given Goldberg any credit.