Fareed Zakaria, plagiarist?

A couple of years ago, you may recall, Fareed Zakaria, “one of the top 100 global thinkers,” was caught lifting material from somebody else’s column for one of his pieces. After an exhaustive review a somewhat thorough review a review who the hell knows what, both Time and CNN suspended Zakaria for a month and deemed the matter closed.

Well, it’s not closed anymore. From blippoblappo and crushingbort, the same folks who made Buzzfeed Benny into just plain old Benny, here comes Fareed Zakaria: Regular Plagiarist:

These are all articles that were written before the plagiarism scandal in August of 2012. In other words, these passages ostensibly would have been part of the reviews conducted by CNN, TIME and the Washington Post. Unless otherwise noted, none of the examples listed here have any kind of citation (hyperlink or otherwise) to the sources Zakaria lifted from.

1. Zakaria didn’t just lift any statistics from a New York Times article on corporate tax rates, he lifted them from a Times commissioned report

In a February 2011 article on corporate taxes by the New York Times, David Leonhardt cited research firm Capital IQ in an analysis commissioned by the Times. In an October 2011 TIME column on then-presidential candidate Herman Cain, Zakaria cited those same Capital IQ statistics nearly word-for-word—with no mention of the New York Times or the Capital IQ report they paid for.


There are 11 other cases of outright or at least borderline plagiarism at the link above. Zakaria isn’t Some Dudebro writing listicles for an internet content aggregator. He’s not even a US Senator and Masters degree holder who plagiarized his thesis (though Walsh certainly should have known better). Zakaria has a Ph.D. from Harvard and is widely believed to be one of the true Great Wise Men in the world (just check his bio). He should have had the standard academic plagiarism message hammered into his brain so many times that he could recite it from memory. How could he have thought this was OK? Is anybody at Harvard going to maybe give his dissertation another read through?


2 thoughts on “Fareed Zakaria, plagiarist?

  1. Zakaria has a Ph.D. from Harvard.

    That horrible din you hear is ten thousand men of Harvard wailing and gnashing our teeth: this is even more embarrassing than Ross Douthat, even.

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