Some of the pundits on Twitter yesterday (Matthew Yglesias in particular) were speculating that is wasn't a case of intentional plagiarism as much as it was a case of Zakaria relying too much on assistants to help write his columns ...That's not a lot better than outright plagiarism, but it's somewhat more understandable.
"On Thursday afternoon, Time and CNN said they had completed their reviews, found no evidence of plagiarism and restored Mr. Zakaria to his demanding schedule. Just as quickly as his employers had questioned his credibility, they rallied around him."
The mistake, he said, occurred when he confused the notes he had taken about Ms. Lepore’s article — he said he often writes his research in longhand — with notes taken from “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” by Adam Winkler (W.W. Norton, 2011), a copy of which was on his desk at his CNN office.
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