Essay on The Should Not Get A Free Pass

1311 Words Sep 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Considering the amount of pressure journalists are under these days, it’s foolish not to expect reporters and news organizations to compromise their values and breach ethical codes. The competition is too great. The demand for breaking news is too high. But by no means does that excuse journalists from acts of negligence and gross misconduct. It’s true that journalists and news organizations walk a moral tightrope, weighing the consequences of each of their decisions, but they still ought to be held accountable for their misdeeds. And even those at the top of the heap should not get a free pass. Such is the case with CNN host and syndicated columnist Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria was/is one of journalism’s brightest stars. He graduated from Yale, got his doctorate from Harvard, he’s got a show on CNN and has contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and has served as an editor for Time, Newsweek, Newsweek International, and the Washington Post, all the while building an impeccable reputation. So friends and fans were caught somewhat off guard when he was accused of plagiarizing a story about gun control in the August 2012 issue of Time, calling his credibility into question. Zakaria’s column, which shares many similarities with an April New Yorker article by Jill Lepore, warranted him a week-long suspension from Time and CNN. Time concluded that the incident was “isolated” and “unintentional”; and CNN “found nothing that merited continuing the…

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