CS Monitor: HarperCollins suspends sales of Monica Crowley’s book. Politico reports that she plagiarized portions of her PhD dissertation

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-12-04-20-pmBy Weston Williams January 11th, 2017.  POLITICO alleges she also plagiarized portions of her Ph.D thesis at Columbia University. 

HarperCollins, the publisher of Monica Crowley’s “What the (Bleep) Just Happened,” announced that sales of her book would be suspended in light of recent plagiarism allegations.

Dr. Crowley is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. The conservative television personality and author has faced accusations of plagiarism before, but the latest allegations come at a particularly bad time for Crowley as she prepares for her new role in the Trump administration.

So far, the Trump transition team seems to be willing to defend Crowley, but political careers have been ruined by plagiarism accusations before. HarperCollins has given the author an opportunity to revise and cite sources in her book before returning it to the shelves, but it remains to be seen whether she will be given a similar second chance on the political stage.

On Saturday, CNN’s KFile, an investigative reporting team, published a story detailing a number of passages that appeared to be plagiarism in “What the (Bleep) Just Happened,” Crowley’s 2012 book criticizing President Barack Obama’s first term in office. The team found more than 50 examples that included unsourced copying and paraphrasing from sources ranging from political think tanks to Wikipedia.

“The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” HarperCollins said in a statement to CNN’s KFile on Tuesday.

These plagiarism accusations would be bad enough for anyone attempting to get a position at the White House, but on Monday, another report, this one published by Politico Magazine, accused Crowley of plagiarizing portions of her doctoral dissertation, “Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People’s Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon.” If Crowley’s dissertation was plagiarized, she could potentially lose her PhD from Columbia University.

But a spokesman for the Trump transition team indicated support for Crowley, characterizing the plagiarism accusations in “What the (Bleep) Just Happened?” as nothing more than a smear campaign.

“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 Trump 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.”

Crowley previously faced plagiarism accusations for a 1998 Wall Street Journal article about the Clintons.

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