Both CNN and Time have accepted Fareed Zakaria‘s apology.
The cable news network host and magazine columnist has been reinstated by both outlets less than a week after being suspended for admittedly lifting a passage from an April New Yorker article for his recent Time article, “The Case for Gun Control.”
“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,” read a statement from the Turner-owned network. “The process was rigorous. We found nothing that merited continuing the suspension.”
Zakaria’s program, GPS, returns to the network on Sunday.
This followed a similar statement from Time: “We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for Time, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which he has apologized.”
His next column will run in the issue that comes out Sept. 7.
Zakaria was quick to issue a statement when bloggers picked up on the similarities between his and another article last week, immediately precluding his suspension from both outlets.
“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,” he said at the time. “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.”
This is second high-profile plagiarism incident in the last month. New Yorker contributor Jonah Lehrer resigned his position after being caught fabricating Bob Dylan quotes for an upcoming book. Wired, where Lehrer holds the title of contributing editor, recently issued a statement saying that he would continue to hold his title at the publication. (Wired and The New Yorker share a publisher in Condé Nast.)