It was recently discovered that Fareed Zakaria committed plagiarism in an essay he wrote for Time Magazine on gun control. He confessed and apologized. I think he could have been fired for this as plagiarism, aka theft, is a cardinal offense for a journalist and a news magazine where trust is a central pillar. This was not a matter of an indiscretion in his private life or an offense that doesn’t threaten his profession’s central mission. This was dishonesty in a job that should demand honesty in every syllable. Zakaria is a Harvard graduate and a Yale trustee. How would these institutions have ruled on a student who admitted committing plagiarism? CNN and Time ‘suspended’ him. Was Zakaria too big to fail? I’ve devoted several posts in this blog to professional integrity and personal ethics. Medical plagiarism is a serious ethical wound in the medical world and all of us must hold our academic colleagues, medical students and practicing physicians accountable. In Sep
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