Both TIME magazine and CNN have finished their internal review of Fareed Zakaria and have come to the conclusion that his plagiarism was an “isolated incident.” Hence, the Zak is back!
TIME announced that Zakaria’s obvious — and admitted — plagiarism was an “isolated incident” and that Zakaria did not mean to do the deed. It was an “unintentional error,” magazine execs decided.
“We look forward to having Fareed’s thoughtful and important voice back in the magazine with his next column in the issue that comes out on September 7,” Time said in a statement.
As for CNN, the news cabler concluded that they saw nothing that “merited continuing” Zakaria’s suspension.
“Zakaria has apologized for a journalistic lapse. CNN and Zakaria will work together to strengthen further the procedures for his show and blog,” CNN said. It said Zakaria’s public affairs program “GPS” will return on August 26.
So, all has been forgiven. Fareed Zakaria has escaped any prolonged or permanent damage to his career, unless you think plagiarism is a hanging offense unlike TIME and CNN do.