Do you have a favorite thought leader? I do: Fareed Zakaria—CNN host, Time editor-at-large, “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation,” and the author of at least one “relentlessly intelligent book.”
Zakaria has an essay about millennials in this month’s issue of the Atlantic. It’s a great piece. You should check it out. It really bowled me over. Here, in no particular order, are six things I learned from reading it.
Just as some journalists have come to admire the Clinton family because, and not in spite, of the total lack of integrity apparent in their careers, so I have come to admire the writings of Fareed Zakaria because, and not in spite, of the total absence of shame manifest in their composition. His latest, slender effort, In Defense of a Liberal Education, made it to #6 on the New York Times bestseller list, and as I write, resides at #1 on Amazon in the categories of both “political science” and “education.”
Though no longer relevant, the New Republic is celebrating its 100th year of publication next month at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. Bill Clinton, a known sexual predator who presided over the Rwandan genocide, will keynote the event. Co-hosts include Aaron Sorkin, Joe Scarborough, and former New Republic intern Fareed Zakaria.
A new website, Our Bad Media, has posted twelve instances of plagiarism in Zakaria’s writing that were published prior to his 2012 bust for plagiarism, which prompted public apologies and internal “reviews” by TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post. The new revelations suggest those reviews were less than rigorous.
Some of the examples are pretty damning: