Fareed Zakaria Shot the Sheriff But Did Not Shoot the Deputy
This charge is false, as 10 minutes' work by the Washington Post would have shown.
Yesterday, the Washington Post claimed that Fareed Zakaria lifted a quote for his 2008 book The Post American world without acknowledgment that the quote in question was first published in a 2006 book by Clyde Prestowitz. The problem, as David Frum points out,
This charge is false, as 10 minutes’ work by the Washington Post would have shown.
The 2009 paperback does contain a citation to Prestowitz: footnote 11, page 262. We photocopied the page this very afternoon at the DC Public Library’s central branch: I’m hoping the PDF below is legible. We couldn’t locate a physical copy of the 2008 hardcover edition in time, but Amazon’s “look inside” feature shows Prestowitz there in hardcover too, also in footnote 11, page 262.
Frum provides additional context and some personal anecdotes attesting to the fact that, as a general matter, Zakaria is fastidious in giving credit for ideas.