Accused of plagiarism in a Time magazine column and CNN.com blog post, Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by both CNN and Time while they review the matter. His weekly public affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, has also been pulled from the news network's schedule. In an column on gun control he wrote for the August 20 issue of Time, Zakaria included paragraphs that were suspiciously similar to portions of an essay that was published this past spring in The New Yorker, and also used unattributed excerpts in a shorter blog post on the same topic on CNN.com.
After Time made the decision to suspend him earlier in the day, Zakaria issued an apology: "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. 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." However, he neglected to mention that he also plagiarized Ms. Lepore in a shorter blog post on CNN.com, leading the network to remove it from the website and suspend production of his eponymous show, which has aired on CNN since June 1, 2008.