Trump National Security Pick Monica Crowley Feeling the Burn After People Take a Close Look at Her 2012 Book
Former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley was recently terminated by the network after it learned that she had accepted a job as soon-to-be President Trump's senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.
It was also recently learned that Crowley plagiarized multiple sections of her 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened.”
As reported by CNN Money, there are “upwards of 50 examples” of plagiarism in the book, from multiple sources. Ironically, one example is from Crowley's then-Fox colleague, James Rosen.
Another is from the Wall Street Journal.
Yet another is from the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.
As reported by Mediaite, Team Trump is standing by Crowley—and blames the whole brouhaha on partisan politics.
A transition spokesperson said in a statement:
“Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the administration.
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.”
Incidentally, this wasn't the first plagiarism charge against Crowley—President Richard Nixon's former editorial adviser and research consultant. In August of 1999, on the 25th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, Crowley wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled: “The Day Nixon Said Goodbye.”
As reported by Slate, four days after the op-ed was published, WSJ ran an editor's note.
“There are striking similarities in phraseology between "The Day Richard Nixon Said Goodbye," an editorial feature Monday by Monica Crowley, and a 1988 article by Paul Johnson in Commentary magazine [...] Had we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article.”
Crowley did not immediately respond to requests for comment.