August 16th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

CNN Statement on Fareed Zakaria

CNN has completed its internal review of Fareed Zakaria’s work for CNN, including a look back at his Sunday programs, documentaries, and blogs. The process was rigorous.  We found nothing that merited continuing the suspension.

Zakaria has apologized for a journalistic lapse. CNN and Zakaria will work together to strengthen further the procedures for his show and blog.

Fareed Zakaria’s quality journalism, insightful mind and thoughtful voice meaningfully contribute to the dialogue on global and political issues.  His public affairs program GPS will return on Sunday, August 26 at 10am ET on CNN/US and 8am ET on CNN/International.


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  1. EM

    So apparently, as long as Mr. Zakaria only got caught violating CNN's professional ethics policy once, that's ok after all. He's back.

    CNN has completed its investigation and there appears to be only this one ethical transgression of this basic journalist principle. Just curious ... would 3 violations be too much? Just 2? Once is ok though, right?

    If Zakaria didn't already have his GPS show, would CNN hire him today, knowing what it now knows about his plagiarism? If not, then can CNN please explain what these "standards" it supposedly has adopted actually mean?

    I very much enjoyed Fareed Zakaria's GPS because I took him to be an original, thoughtful voice on a range of issues. It is now clear – after he clearly stole work from Jill Lapore's New Yorker piece – that I cannot rely on him to be an original, thoughtful commentator speaking with ethical credibility.

    Not only have I lost my interest in watching (or reading) Zakaria's "work," more importantly, I have lost my confidence in CNN and Time as media outlets that take their professed ethical standards seriously.

    Obviously these not real standards, they're just guidelines to be imposed upon those caught doing what Zakaria did but who lack sufficient ratings to make plagiarism an excusable professional disqualification.

    CNN (and Time), you just lost me, for good.

    August 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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