The Donald Trump transition team is standing by conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who the president-elect has selected for an administration role, amid an investigation that claims she plagiarized much of her 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened.
The transition team labeled an investigation by CNN that details up to 50 examples of plagiarism in the book a "politically motivated attack" on Crowley "that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country." Crowley, a columnist, radio host and former Fox News contributor, has been tapped to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.
CNN reports that she lifted portions of work done by other columnists, think tanks, news reporters and Wikipedia writers for inclusion in What the (Bleep) Just Happened with only minor alterations to the language. The outlets and writers who Crowley allegedly plagiarized include: Fox News, the Mises Institute, the BBC, Yahoo, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, New York Times, Associated Press, Karl Rove, Stephen Moore, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michelle Malkin, Rich Lowry and more.
CNN's analysis includes side-by-side examples of much of the work in question, with many passages that appear to be lifted wholesale from other sources. In other instances she appears to have made slight changes to phrases within passages that otherwise retain the structure and language of the original sources.
The report states that neither Crowley nor her publisher, HarperCollins, returned multiple calls for comment on the allegations.
"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 statement from 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."
|Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's choice as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, plagiarized multiple sources in her 2012 book, CNN reports. REUTERS|
Trump’s national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized over 50 sections of her 2012 book
Monica Crowley, President-elect Trump’s pick for director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, plagiarized numerous sources in her 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened?”
A bombshell investigation published by CNN’s KFile found over 50 examples in the book in which Crowley appears to have copied exact language from, columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The investigation says that the book – a New York Times bestseller – “contains no notes or bibliography.”
In one instance, Crowley, who was most recently a Fox News contributor until she was tapped for a position in the Trump administration, seems to have lifted an entire section on Keynesian economics from a 2009 article that published on Investopedia.
In another section, a passage in her book is almost a word-for-word copy of a 2010 article by James Rosen for Fox News.
Here’s what it says in Crowley’s book, according to passages highlighted in CNN’s investigation:
She also said that she was only briefed once—in September 2002—on the advanced interrogation methods.
At the time, Pelosi was the House Minority Whip and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. She said that CIA briefers told her that “the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal” and added that waterboarding “was not being employed.”
Here’s what Rosen’s Fox News article says:
Last year, Pelosi said she was only briefed once on the advanced interrogation methods, in September 2002.
At the time, Pelosi was the House Minority Whip and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. She said in May 2009 that CIA briefers told her that “the use of enhanced interrogation techniques were legal,” and added that waterboarding “was not being employed.”
Crowley also seems to have plagiarized sections from at least five Wall Street Journal articles, according to CNN.
Here’s a passage from her book:
Meanwhile, GM’s bondholders got screwed.
GM had $27.2 billion in unsecured bonds owned by the public. These were owned by mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds, and retail investors who bought them directly through their brokers. Under the restructuring deal, they were forced to exchange their $27.2 billion in bonds for 10 percent of the stock of the new GM. This amounted to less than five cents on the dollar.
Here’s a passage from the 2009 Wall Street Journal article that Crowley lifted the material from:
The biggest losers here are GM’s bondholders.
According the Treasury-GM debt-for-equity swap announced Monday, GM has $27.2 billion in unsecured bonds owned by the public. These are owned by mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds and retail investors who bought them directly through their brokers. Under Monday’s offer, they would exchange their $27.2 billion in bonds for 10%
of the stock of the restructured GM. This could amount to less than five cents on the dollar.
In another example, Crowley copied a 2011 Journal article.
Here’s the passage from her book:
As the late great economist Milton Friedman pointed out, the true burden on taxpayers
is government spending because government borrowing demands future interest payments out of future taxes.
And here’s the snippet from a 2011 Journal article by Michael J. Boskin that passage seems to have come from:
As Milton Friedman taught decades ago, the true burden on taxpayers today is government spending; government borrowing requires future interest payments out of future taxes.
The list compiled by CNN includes a number of other sources Crowley plagiarized, including the Associated Press, the New York Times, Yahoo! News, National Review, Heritage Foundation, Politico, USA Today, BBC, and others.
This isn’t the first time Crowley has been accused of plagiariasm.
An editorial feature she penned for the Wall Street Journal in 1999 was found to have borne “striking similarities in phraseology” to a 1988 article by Paul Johnson in Commentary magazine. The Journal said in an editor’s note published after the fact that “[h]ad we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article.”
Multiple requests for comment from CNN were not returned by Crowley, but the Trump team is standing by her.
“Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration,” said a statement from a transition team spokesperson, per CNN. “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.”
Trump Aide Monica Crowley Plagiarized Large Portions of 2012 Book
The former Fox News analyst who is set to play a key role in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is apparently a fan of writing via copy & paste. Monica Crowley, who will serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, plagiarized as many as 50 times in her book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened, reports CNN.
CNN discovered that Crowley’s book included some paragraphs that were copied pretty much word-for-word from numerous sources, including mainstream publications, conservative think-tanks, websites, and, of course, Wikipedia. The outlets include Fox News, the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and Investopedia, to name a few.
As part of its investigation, CNN includes some pretty damning side-by-side examples:
Crowley did not comment, but Trump’s transition team is standing by her, labeling any questions about her book as nothing but a “politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing the country.”
This is not the first time Crowley has been called out for her seeming fondness to lift other people’s work. In a 1999 piece for Slate, Timothy Noah wrote about how a Wall Street Journal column by Crowley strongly resembled a 1988 article in Commentary. At the time the Journal ran an editor’s note: “Had we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article.” Despite the striking similarities between her piece and the 1988 article, Crowley vehemently denied to Noah that she had plagiarized: "I did not plagiarize. Absolutely not."