You must have come across this story today on Mr Fareed Zakaria. I reproduce The Washington Post story for the benefit of writers, media men and women, and more important, academic scholars. This should be an eye-opener to the scholars who write PhD theses, dissertations, and academic books. They perhaps already know that there are software available to detect plagiarism. The Zakaria episode tells us that there are people who detect plagiarism even without the use of such software and expose the culprits.
Better be careful while we use words and thoughts of other without giving due credit to the original author.
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Now read about the Zakaria episode:
Fareed Zakaria suspended for plagiarism by Time, CNN
The Washington Post, which publishes a separate column by Zakaria on its op-ed page, said it was reviewing Zakaria’s work for the newspaper.
Zakaria lifted several passages from an article by historian Jill Lepore that was published by the New Yorker magazine in April. In her article, Lepore wrote: “Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana 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.’ ”
In his Time column, headlined “The Case for Gun Control,” Zakaria uses this wording:
“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 concealed deadly weapon is murder.’ ”
The all-but-identical language was first spotted by Cam Edwards, host of the NRA News radio program, and first published byNewsBusters.org.
In a brief interview Friday with The Post, Zakaria said he has apologized to Lepore. He had no further comment. Zakaria said in a statement earlier Friday that he made “a terrible mistake. . . . It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”
Zakaria is a multimedia star. In addition to his Sunday-morning program on CNN, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” he writes regular columns for Time and The Post, as well as books about world affairs. CNN said that it won’t air Zakaria’s program Sunday and that it is reviewing his work. Time and CNN are owned by Time Warner.
Zakaria’s next column for The Post is scheduled to appear Wednesday.
“Fareed Zakaria is a valued contributor,” said The Post’s editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt. “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.”
In 2009, Zakaria was accused of using, without credit, material published by Atlantic magazine columnist Jeffrey Goldberg.