Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Report: Monica Crowley Alleged to Have Plagiarized Her Ph.D. Dissertation; HarperCollins Pulls What the (Bleep) Just Happened? After CNN Documents Numerous Examples of Lifted Text

This is bad.

I was going to give Ms. Monica the benefit of the doubt, but now another report's coming out that she allegedly plagiarized parts of her dissertation as well.

I met Ms. Monica at the David Horowitz Wednesday Morning Club, in June 2012. She was giving a talk on her book. She signed my copy, What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior's Guide to the Great American Comeback. (The book page is now pulled at Amazon.)

Plagiarism is an extremely grave charge, and it's extra personal for me, as I'm a scholar. Funny, but when Ms. Monica signed my book I gave her my business card and told her about my scholarly background in international politics. She boasted that that was her field as well, blah, blah. She served at one time as an aide to Richard Nixon, so she's got deep roots in the realist GOP establishment. After I met her, and after listening to her talk at the Wednesday Morning Club, I found an increasing respect for her. Honestly, before that, I found her a bit pompous. I don't think she's all that attractive either.

In any case, judge for yourself. At Politico, "Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation."

And especially, at CNN, "Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book."

The thing about plagairism is that it's so easily preventable. Those long passages people get busted for can be big block quotes or huge paraphrased sections, as long as they're pointed out and such and documented with citations. It doesn't take anything away from the author and it doesn't take more time. Frankly, it's just what you do.