Fareed Zakaria has been unmasked as a plagiarist by the same two researchers who brought down BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson.
Our Bad Media has done amazing work uncovering all of the instances of Zakaria’s plagiarism in their article, “The Paste-American World: How Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized in His International Bestseller (and the Magazines He Used to Run)” is a must read. It’s obvious to anyone reading the damning evidence presented that Zakaria should never work in media again.
But the more interesting question is the legal consequences of Zakaria’s theft of other authors’ work, especially as this isn’t his first brush with plagiarism. Why does CNN continue to employ a plagiarist?
Opinion: "In Defense of Fareed Zakaria" by Bret Stephens (WSJ) http://t.co/gsVXgfdd
— Hisham Rana, MD (@hrana) August 16, 2012
Then, as now, virtually the only people defending Zakaria were people who have appeared on his show.
Indeed, this is an open and shut case of literary fraud and as with other literary fraud cases there are going to be a lot of people rightly claiming they were defrauded by W. W. Norton and by CNN and Time for running his material.
CNN, where Zakaria is a TV host, has fired other staff for plagiarism in the past. Indeed, it suspended Zakaria for a month for plagiarizing in 2012.
That’s sexist. If I were a woman working for CNN, I’d sue for wrongful termination.
Fareed Zakaria commands $50,000 a speech. He’s routinely brought to college campuses where his brand of international pundit plays well with diversity lovers. But those speaking fees only come if people believe he has something original to say. Increasingly, they don’t.
One student even said he would boycott his commencement where Zakaria was planning on speaking.
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma’s choice of CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria to headline the university’s commencement ceremony this spring has left some students upset.
OU officials announced Zakaria will deliver the commencement address at the ceremony May 10. The announcement comes less than a year after CNN suspended Zakaria for plagiarism, prompting some students to question whether Zakaria is an appropriate choice for the ceremony.
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Senior Doug McKnight said he plans to skip commencement because Zakaria will be speaking. Several members of his extended family had planned to fly in from New Jersey to see him graduate, he said. Instead, he said, they’ll likely go out to dinner to celebrate.
“I don’t think I can go hear him talk to me about integrity and professionalism,” McKnight said.
McKnight said he was particularly disgusted with the announcement since it came two weeks after he attended a seminar for his senior capstone project in which the issue of plagiarism was discussed.
During the seminar, a faculty member talked to students about the gravity of the issue of plagiarism, and made it clear to them that they wouldn’t be able to graduate if they were caught doing it, he said. [Emphasis mine]
College is where I first met Zakaria.
I camped out in front of the hall where Zakaria was to be speaking on the night of my birthday just so I could have the pleasure of having dinner with him. I wrote about the conversations on my college website and bought his book. I even bought his father’s book on the recommendation of an Indian friend and classmate of mine.
I would never have done any of that had I known he’s a liar. In fact, Got News has already spoken with counsel about filing a class action literary fraud lawsuit against .
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