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US President-elect Donald Trump's National Security aide accused of plagiarism

Former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley and recently appointed director to the US president-elect Donald Trump's National Security Council team has been accused of plagiarising large sections of her 2012 national best selling book criticising

India TV News Desk, Washington [ Published on: January 08, 2017 20:44 IST ]
US, Donald Trump, Plagiarism, National Security
US President-elect Donald Trump's National Security aide accused of plagiarismPhoto:PTI

Former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley and recently appointed director to the US president-elect Donald Trump's National Security Council team has been accused of plagiarising large sections of her 2012 national best selling book criticising President Barack Obama's administration.

The review of 48-year-old Crowley's 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. Crowley plagiarised large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found.

The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography. 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.

Trump's transition team said, "Monica's exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration.

"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." In the book, Crowley lifted an entire section on Keynesian economics from the IAC-owned website Investopedia., the report said.

In one instance, Crowley lists a variety of so-called "pork" items she claimed were part of the 2009 stimulus package. Many of the instances were copied wholesale from a conservative list of pork barrel spending, with some items dating back to the 1990s. Most of the copied instances were listed on a website for a podiatrist dating back to 2004, it said.

A section on organised labour appears largely copied from a 2004 article by the libertarian think tank the Mises Institute. Another portion of her book on torture is copied from a Fox News article. Crowley also lifted word-for-word phrases from the Associated Press, New York Times, Politico, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, t BBC, and Yahoo News.

Crowley has been accused of plagiarism before. In 1999, Slate reported a column by Crowley in the Wall Street Journal mirrored a 1988 article in Commentary, the neoconservative magazine, the report said. "Had we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article," a Journal editor s note said at the time. Crowley denied the charge at the time, saying, "I did not, nor would I ever, use material from a source without citing it."

(With inputs from PTI)

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