CNN show host and Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria has returned $10,000 and an award he was presented by the Anti-Defamation League in 2005 after ADL’s opposition to a mosque at the rebuilt World Trade Center site in New York.
This is exceptional leadership on an important moral issue that I want to salute. We don’t see people of Fareed Zakaria’s stature taking stands that often as they tend to run from risk rather than embrace it.
This from a report at Huffington Post:
“Five years ago, the ADL honored me with its Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize,” Zakaria writes in next week’s Newsweek. “I was thrilled to get the award from an organization that I had long admired. But I cannot in good conscience keep it anymore. I have returned both the handsome plaque and the $10,000 honorarium that came with it. I urge the ADL to reverse its decision. Admitting an error is a small price to pay to regain a reputation.”
We at TWN urge Abe Foxman and ADL to change course as well.
— Steve Clemons