Trump’s National Security Pick Accused of Extensive Plagiarism

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file photo of Monica Crowely
file photo of Monica Crowely

In her 2012 book, Monica Crowley appears to have lifted word-for-word phrases from AP, NYT, Politico, Heritage, reporter James Rosen, WSJ, NY Post, BBC, Yahoo, Investopedia, Aaron Klein, Red State, Daily Signal, Blogspot, Michelle Malkin, USA Today, Mises Institute, Wikipedia, NY Post, National Review, CNS News, BBC, Fox News, The Podiatrist, and so on.

Slate accused Crowley of plagiarism in 1999 for a WSJ column she wrote that mirrored a Mises column. Crowley said she never used material without referencing the sources.

Crowley, a syndicated radio host, columnist, and, until recently, a Fox News contributor, will serve as Trump’s senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

CNN Money reports a review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography.

Here are three examples of many listed in the article.


Trump’s transition team is standing by her with this 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,” 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.”

Her publisher is standing by her.

Ms. Crowley has not responded to the accusations at this time. Until we hear her side, the Sentinel makes no judgements about her guilt or innocence.