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Old 09-14-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Copyright law protects authors from blatant theft of their work. Eagle-eyed editors keep publishers out of court. The repercussions of blatant data theft This is the basic reason city-data has a written rule that disallows quoting more than two sentences from any source.

Zakaria was accused of stealing words in 2008 when he worked at Newsweek. Apparently he is delusional enough to believe he could do it because two authors work for the same corporation? Maybe he thought he was too powerful/too valuable/too watched to be chopped when he cited unattributed content in a NYT article and again in his blog (which was removed).

He may have been the greatest global political whizz kid the world ever watched or read. Now he has no credibility. Today he is a common thief who dishonored his family and not in a small private way. This is not exactly the same as sneaking candy before dinner and then lying to mommy. This is a whopper; he got caught with his hands in the cookie jar!

Perhaps journalists are not paid enough to do their own research? I am quite sure Bob Woodward would disagree. I am quite sure Russert, Conkrite, Murrow, Pyle, and many others of the Old Guard would disagree, too. It is a black eye to every honest journalist who works hard and doesn't fudge.

CNN should make a very strong defense regarding their credibility as a news source by making the Zakaria suspension permanent. They can't afford to keep bad actors if they wish to keep ratings, public faith, and advertising bucks. No one in the business of informing the public can afford liars and thieves on their payroll.

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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This is old news. CNN recalled the suspension.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Great!!!!
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Dumb. If it did it.
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