UPDATE: Time magazine also lifted its suspension of Fareed Zakaria for using in a column on gun control an unattributed quote from an article by historian Jill Lepore of Harvard in The New Yorker. The magazine’s statement followed CNN’s announcement earlier this afternoon that it had decided not to continue Zakaria’s suspension. CNN’s and Time’s statements follow:
CNN has completed its internal review of Fareed Zakaria’s work for CNN, including a look back at his Sunday programs, documentaries, and CNN.com blogs. The process was rigorous. We found nothing that merited continuing the suspension.
Zakaria has apologized for a journalistic lapse. CNN and Zakaria will work together to strengthen further the procedures for his show and blog.
Fareed Zakaria’s quality journalism, insightful mind and thoughtful voice meaningfully contribute to the dialogue on global and political issues. His public affairs program GPS will return on Sunday, August 26 at 10am ET on CNN/US and 8am ET on CNN/International.
CNN yanked Fareed Zakaria GPS on August 10 when his activity came to light. The blog post was also removed. Time magazine initially suspended Zakaria for a month but this afternoon reversed that decision and said his next column will appear in the September 7 issue. Here’s Time’s statement:
We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for Time, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which he has apologized. We look forward to having Fareed’s thoughtful and important voice back in the magazine with his next column in the issue that comes out on September 7.
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