Fareed Zakaria Plagiarized Me.

Look at this sentence from Fareed Zakaria:

“Certainly we should try to identify such people and help treat and track them.”

And compare it to this sentence from my blog yesterday:

“Whether you think we should go with Ryan’s plan or you’d rather just raise taxes only on Republican millionaires by 445,000%—we need to do something.”

I know, I know. The nerve. I can’t believe he lifted “we should.”

Ok, maybe that’s not plagiarism, but Zakaria’s column in Time magazine definitely was.

Check it out for yourself:

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.”

Compare that in its organization to this paragraph from a Jill Lepore New Yorker article from April:

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.”

Shocking? Not to me. I’ve been saying it for a long time. Fareed Zakaria sucks.

But the mainstream media is apparently only just finding this out.

CNNWashington Post, and Time have all suspended him from his columns after the striking similarities were found.

He is also accused of plagiarizing in his extremely awful book. You know, the book this guy was reading.


It’s hard not to smile. The very guy who once questioned my own journalistic integrity has been suspended for plagiarizing. This is a man who has lied numerous times about myself and Glenn Beck, and now he’s going down in flames. Sound familiar?

Anyway, this isn’t Zakaria’s sole contribution to the demise of journalism, either. Remember when he interviewed George Soros? Oh, that’s right. You don’t—because NO ONE watches Fareed Zakaria. But, to save you the time, it was such an embarrassing hack job, that honestly, the plagiarism thing was actually an improvement.

This once glorified journalist is the guy who is giving commencement speeches at prestigious universities like Duke and Harvard.

Yeah, about those commencement speeches…

Zakaria’s Harvard and Duke commencement speeches were essen¬tially identical, built around the same anecdotes and points and often the same language.
The addresses have set some at Harvard and Duke atwitter.

“I spoke to him while he was here,” said one Duke employee, “and I got the strong impression from him that his Harvard speech would be a different presentation. Oh, well, at least Duke got it first.”

Not all of it, actually. Zakaria hit many of the same notes, including the line about ethics, in an address to the Johns Hopkins University class of 2011. He also used some of them for the Brown University class of 2009 and the Yale University class of 2007.

You have to love the money quote from his oft-repeated speech:

“You don’t need an ethics course to know what you shouldn’t do.’’

Hmmmm…seems like you do, Fareed.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes, I remember him. He was the one who also lamented about how Americans worship the founding fathers as ‘demigods’ when he bashed the constitution and said it was too old. Yes, I remember him well.

  • http://twitter.com/21LambChop LambChop

    Stu, I am fairly certain that Fareed Zakaria is really Achmed the Dead terrorist puppet. (Pretty sure I head him yell, “I’ll keeeeel you!). So you can’t really blame him for plagiarizing your stuff – he has Jeff Dunham’s hand up his A#@% 24/7.  Besides, plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. 

  • landofaahs

    It must run in the demo-rat family cause Biden got caught doing the same thing years ago.  I can’t remember if it was before or after his brain surgery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Spangler/100000997382229 Diane Spangler

    What I can’t understand is why he wasn’t just fired outright.  The fact that Time and CNN did not fired him, well does that mean that they too have no integity and will tolerate plagairism?  What ever happened to journalistic standards?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Spangler/100000997382229 Diane Spangler

    Heavens to Betsy … what is this world coming to?

  • Anonymous

     I never liked the guy, he seemed to have an agenda and was not objective or open-minded at all yet would castigate other people for not being objective and openminded…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AJC7SVHV7RA3XQXR6NQUZJNOFA Doughpro

    Not only did he plagiarize, he plagiarized material that is obviously biased and neglects to tell the whole story!

    Key words there are “concealed weapons”. They weren’t concealed, they wore them on the outside so everyone knew that they were there. 

  • JEWHAWK

    CNN standards are pretty low. They must deem plagiarism as investigative reporting.

  • JEWHAWK

    Fareed Zakaria also created a lot of enemies here in Brazil, when he called Corinthians ( the soccer club with the country’s second largest fan base – some 30 million people) “A SMALL CLUB”.
    Those who loathe Corinthians roared in laughter… Thousands of Corinthians’ fans complained to CNN and he was forced to say he made a mistake on air.
    But the “small” thing stuck. When someone wants to taunt Corinthians’ supporters, it simply calls “Small Club Corinthians” to accomplish the task !

  • greywolfrs

    And anyone thought that these left wing talking heads had an original thought?

  • Anonymous

    Imagine the discomfort of concealing a black powder pistol of the early 1800′s…To quote agent Smart, “Missed it by THAT much!”