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Time and CNN suspend columnist for plagiarism

Fareed Zakaria apologized for plagiarism.

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Fareed Zakaria apologized for plagiarism.

Time magazine and CNN suspended columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria on Friday after he acknowledged that he plagiarized sections of another writer’s article about gun control.

Zakaria apologized to CNN and Time over the column, published in Time’s Aug. 20 issue.

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A shorter blog post that included some of the plagiarized material appeared on CNN.com.

Zakaria lifted several passages from an article by historian Jill Lepore that was published by the New Yorker magazine in April. In her article, Lepore wrote: ‘‘Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed. . . . 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.’ ”

In his Time column, headlined ‘‘The Case for Gun Control,’’ Zakaria uses this wording:

‘‘Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed. . . . 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.’ ”

The all but identical language was first spotted by Cam Edwards, host of the NRA News radio program .

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