Third Round of Plagiarism Charges Hit Fareed Zakaria

Third Round of Plagiarism Charges Hit Fareed Zakaria

In April of 2012, Fareed Zakaria had to apologize for lifting paragraphs from a New Yorker article.

Three days ago, two anonymous plagiarism cops hit Zakaria with a litany of examples of what they defined as plagiarism.

Friday, this same duo, who blog at Our Bad Media, have accused Zakaria of lifting entire passages from others and dropping them into his best-selling book and two magazine stories:

[T]oday we’re adding even more to the pile by showing how Zakaria blatantly and repeatedly plagiarized in not just what is his most popular book, but two different cover stories for the magazines he used to serve as editor for, Foreign Affairs and Newsweek. …

It’s hard to see how the depth and extent of the examples we’ve shown don’t already go far beyond what Zakaria was suspended for in 2012. 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. Because while Fareed Zakaria is not the only major columnist we’ve discovered with a plagiarism problem, he is the one that’s yielded the most examples so far. If necessary, Our Bad Media will continue to highlight those examples in the days ahead.

Our Bad Media is the same outlet that brought about the end of Benny Johnson’s career at BuzzFeed just a few weeks ago. The charges garnered a ton of media attention and eventually resulted in Johnson’s firing.

Thus far, the charges against Zakaria have been noted dutifully in some media outlets, but there’s been nothing like what slammed Johnson. Politico’s Dylan Byers has noticed this loud silence, which I touch on here.

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