It was only a matter of time.
When your honesty and credibility are sorely challenged, it’s impossible to serve effectively in a senior communications role in the White House.
So, for conservative commentator and author Monica Crowley — hit with numerous, serious charges of plagiarism — the only real questions were when and how she’d bow out of assuming the job of senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council.
Extensive investigative reporting, largely by CNN, found that Crowley apparently plagiarized numerous passages for her 2012 book, What the (BLEEP) Just Happened.
In addition, Politico reported that Crowley also appears to have committed extensive plagiarism in her Ph.D. dissertation.
“An examination of the dissertation and the sources it 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,” Politico stated in a Jan. 9 investigation of Crowley’s alleged word-and-thought theft.
When the plagiarism charges first began to surface, sources within the Trump transition team tried to defend the person whom the president-elect had tapped to be a principal spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
CNN quoted the transition team representative as saying:
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.
However, it wasn’t long before publisher HarperCollins said it would pull the book from store shelves and no longer offer it for sale.
In its coverage of Crowley’s withdrawal from the opportunity to serve in the Trump White House, The Washington Times published a portion of a statement from its former columnist.
“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,” Crowley said.
Ironically, Crowley was slated to take the position now held by a speechwriter and close adviser to President Obama, Ben Rhodes, who has himself been in the news lately with regard to serious questions concerning his past, specifically his security clearance.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Rhodes, who “handled the administration’s efforts to mislead the public about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is being probed by Congress following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances.”
As of early Monday, the Trump team has not named a replacement for Crowley in the key White House communications post.
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