After Plagiarism Charges: Monica Crowley Turns Down White House Position!

Dear Commons Community,

The New York Times is reporting that conservative pundit, Monica Crowley, who was supposed to serve in a position on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s National Security Council, has decided against taking it after allegations that she plagiarized passages in a 2012 book and in her doctoral dissertation. As reported:

“Ms. Crowley, whose name was briefly floated as a candidate for White House press secretary, has been dogged by accusations of plagiarism in recent weeks, beginning with the discovery by CNN that she copied several passages in a book she published with HarperCollins. A later report in Politico unearthed similar issues in her doctoral dissertation.

“After much reflection, I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” Ms. Crowley said in a statement to The Washington Times.

“I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team, and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal,” she said.

She did not address the allegations of plagiarism.

Ms. Crowley is the second official announced by the transition team to decide not to go to the White House, following Jason Miller, who was to be the communications director.

One person close to the transition said that Ms. Crowley’s role would have involved overseeing certain speeches, something that would have been difficult after the plagiarism claims.

HarperCollins has withdrawn the digital edition of Ms. Crowley’s book “What the (Bleep) Just Happened?”

Published by Broadside Books, a conservative imprint at HarperCollins, it is a critical look at Barack Obama’s presidency. It sold out 20,000 copies in hardcover, Publishers Marketplace said.”

Those of us who work in academia know the seriousness of a plagiarism charge.  This is not a surprising outcome.



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