I had spoken on the phone with a "GPS" producer in New York a few days prior to October 30th, and I passed the links to my reports and shared some stories and insights with him, so I knew that Zakaria was going to speak about Argentina on his show, but I was surprised at the extent of which he had borrowed from my reporting.
Granted, all of these stories aired on CNN, but I don't think CNN -- or any other media outlet -- would encourage or tolerate such borrowing from within its own ranks without giving proper credit.
At the time, I expressed this concern to some colleagues and family, but I did not pursue the matter. Given the recent developments questioning Zakaria's reporting, I thought it made sense to bring it up now.
I am not suggesting that this is full-on plagiarism, but the similarities are undoubtedly there.
"And it was disastrous for the Argentine people: many in the middle class had their entire bank savings wiped out, leading to deadly riots and widespread poverty."
Where was my article published? Newsweek International.
Who was the editor of Newsweek International at that time? Fareed Zakaria.
The New York Times never ran a correction, and to the best of my knowledge, Newsweek International editors didn't pursue one.