Now Fareed Zakaria?

Fareed Zakaria is smart. He is smart enough to avoid plagiarizing the work of someone else. But apparently he did it anyway. In his Time Magazine opinion piece, “The Case of Gun Control,” he rather clearly recycled the words of Jill Lenore of the New Yorker without attribution. Tim Graham has the comparison at NewsBusters; so does the Huffington Post, the National Review Online and The Atlantic Wire.
Apparently Zakaria plans to apologize. I can tell a story that makes Zakaria’s recycling of Lenore’s words a case of inadvertent plagiarism resulting from the interaction of bad note taking and cutting and pasting. But intellectual laziness also comes to mind.
This saddens me. Even when I have disagreed, I have generally found (what I thought was) Zakaria’s work informative and stimulating. He certainly owes an apology to Lenore but he also owes an apology to his readers, to me. That apology needs to include specific steps he plans to follow to prevent a future occurrence.
Update: Read Zakaria’s Apology
His apology is unequivocal (“I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”) but lacks an action plan.