Goodbye Monica Crowley

Conservative commentator and Fox News personality Monica Crowley will not be Donald Trump’s incoming “senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.” Because Monica will be stepping down.

Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found.

The 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.

Courtesy of CNN’s KFile.

This is astonishing, though not because plagiarism is so awful. It’s stunning because she’s done it again. Unbelievably she got caught doing the same thing back in 1999. I wrote about the phony baloney in 2012:

In August 1999, for the Wall Street Journal, she wrote a piece called “The Day Nixon Said Goodbye.” She plagiarized a far better writer, prolific Brit Paul Johnson, throughout. Slate:

From Johnson’s “In Praise of Richard Nixon,” Commentary, October 1988:

“There was none of the personal corruption which had marked the rule of Lyndon Johnson, let alone the gross immoralities and security risks of John F. Kennedy’s White House.”

From Crowley’s “The Day Nixon Said Goodbye,” Wall Street Journal, August 9, 1999:

“There was none of the personal corruption that had marked the rule of Lyndon Johnson or the base immoralities and outrageous security risks of the Kennedy and Clinton White Houses.”

Monica copy-pasted Paul Johnson everywhere. Entire paragraphs were lifted with barely a word or two changed. What could possibly have been her excuse for that? What did she say? Quote: “I have wracked my brain, and I can honestly tell you that I have not read…”…zergh blerg.

The odds of that being true are about one in a gazillion, so she’s a bad liar too. Shitting Crows, can Trump pick ’em, or what?

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