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Time & CNN's Fareed Zakaria suspended for plagiarism

5:48 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
Fareed Zakaria attends the 71st Annual Peabody Awards on May 21, 2012 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA -- CNN host and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria has been suspended from both positions after admitting to plagiarizing parts of a column on gun control.

Zakaria issued an apology Friday afternoon, which was noted in The Atlantic Wire and The New York Times.

"Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore's essay in the April 23rd issue of The New Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her, to my editors at Time, and to my readers."

Magazine officials said they were suspending Zakaria's column for a month, "pending further review," and CNN has suspended Zakaria as well. Zakaria hosts the show "Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square)" Sundays on CNN.

Conservative media watchdog blog Newsbusters.org noted that a paragraph from a Zakaria column in the August 20 issue of Time was suspiciously like a paragraph from the Lepore New Yorker article.

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