THE WORST OF TIMES
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When idols fall off the pedestals we put them on,
they bring down with them the community’s pride.
Fareed Zakaria admitting to plagiarism was a
particularly low moment for the community.
‘Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column on gun control… bear
close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore’s
essay in the April 23rd issue of The New Yorker,’
he said. ‘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 edi-
tors at Time and CNN, and to my readers and
Though Time and CNN reinstated Zakaria within
days, the taint is unlikely to wash off soon.