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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    I'm sure they can find another ugly guy that has basic English speaking skills, to parrot their agenda to the public.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Who broke this story anyway?

    Oh, that's right... It was NewsBusters.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Very disappointing. I always enjoyed his commentary (assuming it was really his!).
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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    This is really shocking and sad. I always liked his columns because he gave a lot of good insight into foreign policy, and never would've guessed that he'd be the type to do this. Hopefully he'll be back eventually, but this looks really bad and I think CNN and Time were right to suspend him.
    Frankly, I've always felt he was little more than a conduit for the conventional wisdom at the time.
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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Well to get to my original point, look at the Samsung vs Apple case. It's obvious Samsung borrows liberally from Apple but in the end their great ideas make it to far more people.
    We're not talking about borrowing ideas. In this case (and regular media practice) this is about copying someone else's work pretty much word-for-word and printing it under your own name without any kind of credit to the original author or publication and presumably without checking any of the statements of fact (which I think is the more important aspect). If he'd taken the ideas expressed in the original article and put them in his own words, it wouldn't have been an issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Toyota wasn't able to borrow ideas from Ford? We would live in a very closed and limited world.
    The can (and do) borrow ideas. What they can't do is take a Ford car, stick an Toyota badge on the front and claim they designed and built the car.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    The fact that Fareed Zakaria was a Time editor he should have known better and I don't believe for a second it was "mistake". Now it makes me wonder about his entire career. Geez, stealing from the New Yorker no less. Ahh, it's too bad because I did respect him and felt confident that what he to say was coming from his insight. Not anymore.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    I think this just goes to show how gullible people are.
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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    The fact that Fareed Zakaria was a Time editor he should have known better and I don't believe for a second it was "mistake".
    I'm sure he meant mistake in that he shouldn't have deicded to do it rather than mistake as in accidental copy-and-paste from the wrong document.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I'm not saying he doesn't need to be punished but the only career he is hurting is his own.
    A system that allows fraud does not only hurt his career. It doesn't just hurt all journalists either, it hurts all of us in theory, since theoretically we rely on journalism for factual news and investigation of powers.

    We see this with some Asian business right now, the U.S. makes the massive R&D investment, releases new IP, and they steal the technology and implement it for much cheaper immediately, without all that R&D overhead. They competitively win, yet clearly they could not win if they could not steal, and if the U.S. hadn't been investing so much of their own money into that R&D. They are stealing the equivalent of all that R&D investment. Actually more, because they probably only steal the successfull R&D. Same argument with U.S. healthcare, we basically subsidze the worlds R&D cost, and then we wonder why our healthcare costs more than Europe? dur.

    As to what punishment is appropriate, I don't think video game reviews have as much at stake as professional journalism, I leave it to them to decide what's appropriate. If it doesn't help deter such behavior ( a slap on the wrist), I suspect the system would suffer for it.

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    Re: Fareed Zakaria Suspended For Plagiarism: Apologizes For 'Terrible Mistake'

    Perhaps he's thinking of running for VP one day.

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