Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If you’re not already keeping score at home, star CNN talking head Fareed Zakaria has been embroiled for months in a widening plagiarism scandal. The Week provides a useful summary. Zakaria’s “many ethical lapses have been chronicled by the pseudonymous bloggers @crushingbort and @blippoblappo,” with the result that “seven of his Newsweek columns . . . one Slate column, and four Washington Post columns . . . have been affixed with editor’s notes essentially admitting to acts of plagiarism. Among Zakaria’s current and former employers, that leaves only Time and CNN that have yet to respond to the latest charges.”
The Scrapbook can now reveal that an apology may be forthcoming. We are in receipt of what look like excerpts from a script ready for insertion into the Fareed Zakaria GPS teleprompter. Readers will have to judge the authenticity for themselves.
“FZ: So I’d just like to take a moment, before we wrap up today’s show, to address the latest charges of plagiarism that have been leveled against me. To my supporters out there, to those who doubt me, to those who just aren’t sure, I have prepared some remarks— and I assure you, I alone prepared these remarks. These are, completely and fully, my own words, my own thoughts, just me, Fareed Zakaria. . . . To be, or not to be? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. My fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill o’ beans in this crazy world. There’s no liberal America or conservative America; there’s the United States of America. When I’m watching my TV and a man comes on to tell me how white my shirts should be, but he can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke the same cigarettes as me. . . . I can’t get no . . . satisfaction . . . no, no, no. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Grape Nuts. I’ve tried Grape Nuts. I’ve bought the box, put ’em in the bowl: no grapes, no nuts, what’s the story? The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Camptown ladies sing this song, doo dah, doo” [transcript cuts off].
Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Readers can well imagine the excitement in these precincts when The Scrapbook learned the news about Fareed Zakaria. If you haven’t heard it, here’s what we’re talking about: It was announced last week that Dr. Zakaria, after stints at Foreign Affairs, Slate, Newsweek, Newsweek International, Time, the Washington Post, and CNN, will be joining Atlantic Media as a contributing editor.
11:50 AM, Aug 3, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Craig Shirley, a prominent biographer of Ronald Reagan, has accused historian Rick Perlstein of plagiarism in his new book, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. Shirley has cited 45 instances in which he says Perlstein uses information and passages from his 2004 book, Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All, without proper attribution.
Aug 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The sad thing about plagiarism, aside from the act itself, is that examples are always plentiful. Just a few weeks ago The Scrapbook took note of the serial larceny of antiwar polemicist Chris Hedges (“War Is a Force That Makes Us Plagiarize,” June 23). Now, courtesy of the New York Times’s Jonathan Martin, we are apprised of shameless theft by a United States senator. The senator in question is Democrat John Walsh of Montana, who was appointed in February to succeed Max Baucus, now ambassador to China.
Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Chris Hedges is a former New York Times foreign correspondent whose popular antiwar polemic, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), enabled him to quit the newspaper business and become a full-time prophet, left-wing division. As Hedges has grown more austere in appearance—working-class duds, haunted gaze, steel-rimmed spectacles—his rhetoric has grown steadily apocalyptic, his prose overwrought.
10:44 AM, Aug 24, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Plagiarism is not a crime in any legal code, but among people who make their living with words, there is no deeper offense. The plagiarist has not just stolen the work of another writer; he has used it to disguise his own inadequacy. It is a symptom of -laziness, to be sure; but above all, it’s a crime of arrogance.
Sleep through the commencement speech.May 10, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 32 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
The sunlit season of college commencement has been darkened this year with news of plagiarism. The school paper at Connecticut College, the College Voice, reported last month that one of the speakers at last year’s commencement, a graduating senior called Peter St. John, wowed his audience with a speech that had been lifted paragraph by paragraph from another commencement address given at Duke in 2008 by the writer Barbara Kingsolver.
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