Monica Crowley plagiarized a majority of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? and it was recently discovered that her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at Colombia University was also lifted from other sources. With those realizations, she has stepped down from her appointment by president-elect Donald Trump to a top national security role, according to The Hill.
“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,” she said in a statement.
“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,” the former Fox News analyst added.
It was discovered by CNN earlier in the month that at least 50 cases of plagiarism from numerous sources were found during an investigation into her book.
Among those lifted sources was news and reports from National Review author Andrew C. McCarthy, who is a friend of Crowley’s. Other plagiarism was taken from National Review’s Rich Lowry, Michelle Malkin, conservative economist Stephen Moore, Karl Rove, and Ramesh Ponnuru of Bloomberg View.
She also lifted word-for-word phrases from The Associated Press, the New York Times, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the BBC, and Yahoo News.
POLITICO reported that Crowley’s Ph.D dissertation was yet another scam in her list of growing exploits.
“An examination of the dissertation and the sources [the Ph.D.] cites identified more than a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works without proper attribution. In some instances, Crowley footnoted her source but did not identify with quotation marks the text she was copying directly. In other instances, she copied text or heavily paraphrased with no attribution at all.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced in December that Crowley had been selected to serve as the National Security Council’s senior director of strategic communications.