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Published: Thu, January 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

HarperCollins Pulls Trump Pick Monica Crowley's Book Amid Plagiarism Revelations


Politico said that after studying her sources and her dissertation, titled "Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People's Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon", it has identified more than a dozen sections that appear to have been plagiarized.

HarperCollins has made a decision to pull the digital version of Monica Crowley's What the (Bleep) Just Happened? after two major accounts of plagiarism, according to the New York Times.

These allegations about Crowley's HarperCollins book and her Ph.D. dissertation are hardly the first time she has been accused of plagiarism.

A conservative commentator for Fox News Channel, Crowley has been appointed by Trump to serve as deputy adviser for strategic communications and speech writing at the National Security Agency.

While a candidate for an worldwide relations Ph.D.at Columbia University in 2000, Crowley plagiarized multiple sections of her dissertation titled "Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People's Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon". In some instances, Crowley footnoted her source but did not identify with quotation marks the text she was copying directly. If Crowley's dissertation was plagiarized, she could potentially lose her PhD from Columbia University. A spokesperson for the Trump transition team told CNN's KFile Saturday when the initial report was published that they were standing by Crowley.

Politico also found that Crowley lifted a dozen passages in her thesis for her worldwide relations PhD from Columbia University, and published the details on January 9.

Crowley's failure to quote an author's exact words and failure to paraphrase could violate Columbia's definition of unintentional plagiarism.

Crowley was also accused of plagiarism in 1999 after a reader in California saw similarities between Crowley's column in the Wall Street Journal and a 1988 Paul Johnson piece in Commentary.

Unfortunately for Donald Trump and his increasingly beleaguered transition team, HarperCollins cut the legs out from under Trump's argument with the following statement in which it removed What The (Bleep) Just Happened from its offerings.

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