One of Donald Trump‘s picks for a top national security role has some explaining to do after CNN found evidence that she plagiarized significant sections of her 2012 book, What The (Bleep) Just Happened.
The investigation found “upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources” by radio host, columnist, and former Fox News commentator Monica Crowley, which included “copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia.” According to CNN, her book offers no footnotes or bibliography to cite her sources.
In the wake of the revelations, Trump’s transition team released a statement defending Crowley.
“Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration,” a transition spokesperson said. “HarperCollins—one of the largest and most respected publishers in the world—published her book which has become a national best-seller. Any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country.”
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.
According to CNN, Crowley has faced plagiarism charges before. In 1999, a Slate report found that a Wall Street Journal column authored by Crowley looked similar to a Commentary article from 1988. Crowley denied the charge.
CNN provided side-by-side examples of Crowley’s alleged plagiarism, a few of which are provided below.
You can read CNN’s full report and see more examples here.
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