Monica Crowley backs out of Trump national security appointment amid plagiarism scandal

In the wake of revelations that she plagiarized portions of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, former Fox News commentator and columnist Monica Crowley has relinquished her appointment by president-elect Donald Trump to a top national security role, according to The Hill.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement, the Washington Times reported.

“I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal,” the former Fox News analyst added.

As CNN reported earlier this month, upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources were found during an investigation into her book.

From CNN:

In the book, Crowley lifted an entire section on Keynesian economics from the IAC-owned website Investopedia.


Sections of her book are repeatedly lifted from articles by National Review author Andrew C. McCarthy, who is a friend of Crowley’s. Lines in her book also match word-for-word the work of other columnists, including National Review’s Rich Lowry, Michelle Malkin, conservative economist Stephen Moore, Karl Rove, and Ramesh Ponnuru of Bloomberg View.

Crowley also lifted word-for-word phrases from the Associated Press, the New York Times, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the BBC, and Yahoo News.

Further worsening her image, POLITICO reported that Crowley also plagiarized portions of her Ph.D dissertation while she was at Columbia University, saying that “an examination of the dissertation and the sources it cites identified more than a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works without proper attribution. In some instances, Crowley footnoted her source but did not identify with quotation marks the text she was copying directly. In other instances, she copied text or heavily paraphrased with no attribution at all.”

In December, Trump’s transition team announced Crowley had been selected to serve as the National Security Council’s senior director of strategic communications.

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