Plagiarist Fareed Zakaria’s been re-instated at both TIME magazine and CNN. But, that’s not the most exciting Zakaria-related news of the day. In the week or so that he was cloistered away on what was supposed to be a one-month suspension for publishing other people’s work under his own name without any sort of attribution, Zakaria penned a 7-book young adult fiction series that he’ll be releasing soon (no doubt to great praise by TIME and CNN). Expect to see the Barry Putter books, about a magical boy who has many adventures and grows up to be President one day, in Zakaria’s collected “works” soon.
In all seriousness, though, the reason I bring this up in an open thread is because I want to know what you think of plagiarists.
I’ve seen my work lifted without attribution in different places and last year I had a bit of fun with someone who plagiarized me worse than anything Zakaria would ever dream of — it was a whole 5,000 word essay I did on Governor Sarah Palin that some guy in Idaho copied and then pasted onto his own site…though he took the time to delete my name and references to HB in the article so that he could somewhat make it seem like the piece was his own. However — weirdly — he didn’t delete the references to living to Chicago that were in there and didn’t take out the links I had to other HB articles, so when he published the piece it sent “trackbacks” to this site and out of curiosity I followed them to his site and saw what he had done. It was so egregious I took the time to look up a phone number for the guy (as his name was clearly visible on the site) and ended up speaking with his grandmother about what he had done. “I always knew that computer would get him in trouble. He’s good for nothing!” she sharply told me. Within 15 minutes after speaking to Grandma it was all down…and a little while after that the guy’s father made him write an apology note, saying he was sorry for “doing stupid things”.
I doubt Zakaria’s sorry or even understands what he did wrong. Here’s hoping magazine readers and TV viewers never forget. In college, I had professors in my international studies program who forced us to read Zakaria’s opinions all the time and I’ve always found the guy to be smarmy and anti-American (while, of course, enjoying all the perks of living in the highest echelons of America). I hope Republicans are smart enough to forever hold Zakaria’s feet to the fire regarding his plagiarism whenever he goes off on his pro-Obama tears in the upcoming days of this election.
I used to think that was a pipe dream — Republicans holding the Left accountable and taking the fight to them — but the Romney/Ryan ticket seems to be doing just that and there aren’t words to accurately express how thrilled that makes me.
What’s on your mind today and what are people talking about in your part of the country?
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