Despite being presented with a bushel and a peck’s worth of plagiarism evidence, CNN president Jeff Zucker says that for now, the network has “complete confidence” in contributor and noted academic Fareed Zakaria.
Zucker told Politico that CNN “continue[s] to have complete confidence in Fareed,” the subject of numerous plagiarism allegations made by Blippo Blappo and Crushing Bort, two anonymous media watchdogs who seemingly named themselves after wacky robot sound effects (probably on purpose, as Esquire news editor Ben Collins speculates).
When asked to elaborate, and whether that meant Zakaria would continue to appear on CNN, Zucker repeated that they had “complete confidence” in him.
At this point, the two watchdogs have compiled dozens of examples of Zakaria lifting entire passages from others’ works in a variety of mediums — in magazine articles, newspaper columns, books, and his CNN show Fareed Zakaria GPS — with the earliest instance occurring in 1987, shortly after he graduated from Yale.
So far, Zakaria has dismissed the allegations as mischaracterizations of his work, and so far, CNN has stood behind him, saying last month that they “the highest confidence in the excellence and integrity” of Zakaria.
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