To paraphrase former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, plagiarism is a bit like obscenity: it’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it. And for some media observers, it’s clear that CNN host Fareed Zakaria is guilty of serial plagiarism, one of the worst things you can say about a journalist. But Zakaria says he’s been wrongly accused, and for now, his bosses at CNN and the Washington Post seem to agree.


Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News' Under the Radar.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Adam Reilly is a reporter for WGBH News.