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Fareed Zakaria Caught Engaging In Act Of Biden-esque Plagiarism And Marcotte-esque Argumentation

Posted on | August 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

Not only did Fareed Zakaria beclown himself by stealing other’s work in a gun grabber article for Time, but Rames Ponnuru notes that when FZ acts as an intellectual burglar, Fareed thugs the contents trash can:

Fareed Zakaria has tried to make “The Case for Gun Control” in Time. The results are not pretty. Virtually every argument he makes misrepresents the underlying data.

After a lead that cites the Sikh-temple shooting, the Aurora massacre, and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, Zakaria trots out the usual international comparisons: “The gun-homicide rate per capita in the U.S. is 30 times that of Britain and Australia, 10 times that of India and four times that of Switzerland. When confronted with such a large deviation, a scholar would ask, Does America have some potential cause for this that is also off the chart? I doubt that anyone seriously thinks we have 30 times as many crazy people as Britain or Australia. But we do have many, many more guns.”

RTWT. Meanwhile, I got just a teeny bit sarcastic on Twitter:





Update: more at Outside the Beltway


  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    If Schadenfreude was sugar, diabetics better beware about this story!   

  • Adjoran

    OMG, so it’s true.  And plagiarism – who would ever have guessed?  Zakaria’s stuff is usually so inane as to be beyond suspicion.  Who was the dumbass that stood up and said, “Hey, I wrote that!”?

  • Adjoran

     Un-freakin’-believable the guy has to STEAL to be that stupid.  I imbibe copious amounts of alcohol trying to experience what it’s like, but all I can lose is coherence, time, and years off my life. 

  • Bob Belvedere

    You too?!?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    If Ryan is not the pick tomorrow, what Adjoran described will be me in about a week.  

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