Fareed Zakaria, a journalist for Time Magazine and the CNN host of Fareed Zakaria GPS, is accused of plagiarizing several paragraphs from a New Yorker article for an article he recently wrote for Time.
The conservative watchdog media Newsbusters first reported the similarities between Zakaria’s article about gun laws and the article written by Jill Lepore for the New Yorker in April 2012, and according to reports, Zakaria has admitted to the plagiarism.
“I made a terrible mistake,” Zakaria is reported to have said. “It’ is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her [Lepore] to my editors at Time and to my readers.”
In the article written for Time’s August 20 issue Zakaria wrote:
Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic. Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed: Indiana in 1820, Tennessee and Virginia in 1838, Alabama in 1839 and Ohio in 1859. 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. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”
Lepore wrote in the April 22nd issue of The New Yorker:
As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start. Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed: Indiana (1820), Tennessee and Virginia (1838), Alabama (1839), and Ohio (1859). 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. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”
A spokesperson for Time released a statement today saying in part: “Time takes any accusation of plagiarism by any of our journalist very seriously, and we will carefully examine the facts before saying anything else on the matter.”
Forty-eight year old Zakaria is the author of From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role, The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World. He also co-edited The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World