Past Week 'Tough' and 'Clarifying': Fareed Zakaria

Yoshita Singh/New York
Past Week 'Tough' and 'Clarifying': Fareed Zakaria
Noted Indian-American writer and journalist Fareed Zakaria, who was briefly suspended by Time magazine and CNN after he was accused of plagiarism, described the episode as "tough" and "clarifying" and said he now realises the focus of what he wants to do ahead.

48-year-old Zakaria's suspension was revoked by Time and CNN last week, days after he had issued an apology for lifting a passage for an article he wrote on gun control for Time from an essay by Harvard University professor of American history Jill Lepore in the New Yorker magazine.

"This has been a tough week, but it has also been clarifying," Zakaria said in a New York Times article.

"You find out what matters to you in life, who your friends are".

Zakaria said he was apologetic for his "a terrible mistake...This week has been very important because it has made me realize what is at the core of what I want to do."

The Harvard and Yale graduate said he wanted to "help people to think about this fast-moving world and do this through my work on TV and writing".

He said the mistake occurred when he confused the notes he had taken about Lepore's article with those taken from 'Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,' by Adam Winkler, a copy of which was on his desk at his CNN office.
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