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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Breaking news: someone read Fareed Zakaria. That person was Cam Edwards of NRA News who discovered that Zakaria's work sounded very similar to a piece he had read in the New Yorker.Read more
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