Time magazine‘s How Gun’s Won cover story is bad enough. Fareed Zakaria’s column The Case for Gun Control is worse. Not only is it poorly argued, it’s poorly researched. Wait. Make that too well researched. To wit: “On Friday, August 10, Fareed Zakaria issued the following statement about this article: ‘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 22nd 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.'” To which Time’s Eds added . . .
TIME has since issued its own statement: “TIME accepts Fareed’s apology, but what he did violates our own standards for our columnists, which is that their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well. As a result, we are suspending Fareed’s column for a month, pending further review.”
CNN, for which Fareed blogs and commentates, has also suspended the writer. Too bad they didn’t suspend Fareed’s anti-gun rhetoric as well. You know; before he wrote it. Judging from the sycophantic simpering underneath his official apology, few of his fans would agree. Not to coin a phrase, gag me with a spoon.
Perhaps Bruce Krafft will honor us with a post-plagiarism evisceration of Fareed’s screed. After all, TTAG’s editorialist already ripped Jill Lepore’s New Yorker anti-gun polemic to shreds. Click here for Bruce’s parsing.
For now, here’s a sample of Fareed’s/Lepore’s Time column and his closing statement.
Things started to change in the 1970s as various right-wing groups coalesced to challenge gun control, overturning laws in state legislatures, Congress and the courts. But Chief Justice Warren Burger, a conservative appointed by Richard Nixon, described the new interpretation of the Second Amendment [as an individual right] in an interview after his tenure as “one of the greatest pieces of fraud–I repeat the word fraud–on the American public by special-interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.” . . .
So when people throw up their hands and say we can’t do anything about guns, tell them they’re being un-American–and unintelligent.
A plagiarist calling gun rights advocates stupid? How great is that? Or, come to think of it, original.