UPDATE: Time magazine also lifted its suspension of Fareed Zakaria for using in a column on gun control an unattributed quote from an article by historian Jill Lepore of Harvard in The New Yorker. The magazine’s statement followed CNN’s announcement earlier this afternoon that it had decided not to continue Zakaria’s suspension. CNN’s and Time’s statements follow:
CNN has completed its internal review of Fareed Zakaria’s work for CNN, including a look back at his Sunday programs, documentaries, and CNN.com 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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Looks like Paul Ryan’s selection as the presumptive GOP VP nominee has caused changes in more than just the Presidential race. CNN said today that they are going to change their Sunday programming schedule because the network wants to amp up its political coverage due to this latest twist in the White House race. State of the Union with Candy Crowley will now air live from 9–11 AM EST. The expanded political show will be followed by Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz, which stays in its regular slot, and then SOTU again at noon for an hour. That will be followed at 1 PM with a repeat of tonight’s 6 PM The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer. There was no word on how long this new schedule would be in place. Today’s changes to the Sunday lineup come one day after Fareed Zakaria GPS was pulled out of its regular Sunday 10 AM and 1 PM slots. The long running weekly show was pulled due to the host’s suspension for admitted plagiarism. Originally, the news network said yesterday that the changes would be broadcasts of Your Money With Ali Velshi would air in GPS’s 10 AM Sunday time slot and The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer will air in the show’s 1 PM slot.
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CNN pulled the plug today on Fareed Zakaria GPS because of plagiarism by the host in a TIME magazine column and a blog post for the network. “We have reviewed Fareed Zakaria’s Time column, for which he has apologized. He wrote a shorter blog post on CNN.com on the same issue which included similar unattributed excerpts. That blog post has been removed and CNN has suspended Fareed Zakaria while this matter is under review,” said CNN in a statement Friday afternoon. Broadcasts of Your Money With Ali Velshi will air in GPS’s 10 AM Sunday time slot and The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer will air in the show’s 1 PM slot. Zakaria was suspended by TIME earlier in the day after it came to light that portions of a column that he wrote on gun control for the magazine’s August 20 issue closely resembled those from an April 23 issue of The New Yorker on guns by Jill Lepore. Zakaria admitted the plagiarism in a statement after TIME suspended him. “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 23 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,” he said. Fareed Zakaria … Read More »