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Trump's pick for National Security Council caught in plagarism scandal

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    CNN: Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book

    Donald Trump has selected Monica Crowley to serve as his senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. She is a syndicated radio host, columnist, and a Fox News contributor, with no experience in communications security. And now research by CNN and Politico has reveled numerous instances of plagiarism during her career.

    CNN's 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." Take a look at the long list of plagiarized paragraphs in the CNN link above.

    Following the CNN report, Politico Magazine has revealed that she also plagiarized many sections of her PhD dissertation.

    MSN News, The Hill: Trump pick Monica Crowley faces more plagiarism accusations: report

    "The magazine said that after studying her sources and her dissertation, titled "Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People's Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon," it has identified more than a dozen sections that appear to have been plagiarized."

    Trump's transition team is pushing back:

    "Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration," a statement from a transition spokesperson said. "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."

    Well, I browsed the excerpts from the CNN article and it sure seems like blatant plagiarism to me. It's a very long list showing side by side examples. Wow. What is particularly disturbing is how the Trump team sees these revelations as nothing more than politically motivated attacks. But coming from Trump world where cheating is a state of mind it should perhaps not be surprising.

    Is she someone we can trust on National Security?

  • Independent
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    Your last line and the answer is??? Sure, I don't trust anyone who Trump picks. Neither do I trust the guy himself. Amen
  • Center Left
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    Typical. Just steal it. Says much about him and his picks. Take whatever you want and move on. No honesty and no character.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    In addition to dishonesty, Crowley's history of repeated acts of plagiarism also demonstrate a certain unprofessional sloppiness in the way she conducts her work. One of the worst sins for a journalist is charges of plagiarism. They take great care to ensure that the work they reference is given proper attribution because their chosen careers are on the line.

    If Monica Crowley has such an unethical and sloppy record in journalism, what can we expect in her role on the National Security Council? If she was properly vetted she would have never got past the first gate. Surely there are many more people immensely more qualified than Monica Crowley in terms of ability and experience, but more importantly moral character. I for one would never have hired her.

  • Center Left
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    Trumps wife plagerized and it wasn't brought up by the Republican party. Lie, steal, cheat. Great again.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Brian Williams and Dan Rather were subjected to a lot of actions, criticism, shame and whatever for their indiscretions. Monica Crowley steps to the head of the class for her actions. Particularly aggregious is plagarizing her PhD paper.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Washington Times, January 16, 2017: Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House

    "GOP foreign policy adviser Monica Crowley said Monday she will relinquish the senior job she’d been poised to take in the Trump White House.

    "Ms. Crowley, who had been tapped to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, had been dogged in recent weeks by questions about whether she lifted portions of her past written work from other writers. Her move seemed designed to keep that from becoming a distraction as the Trump team prepares to take office.

    “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.”"

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    Too bad she wasn't properly vetted before she was announced. The plagiarism charges were not new. How many more of Trump's nominees will fall for lack of proper vetting?

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Washington Times, January 16, 2017: Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House

    "GOP foreign policy adviser Monica Crowley said Monday she will relinquish the senior job she’d been poised to take in the Trump White House.

    "Ms. Crowley, who had been tapped to be senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, had been dogged in recent weeks by questions about whether she lifted portions of her past written work from other writers. Her move seemed designed to keep that from becoming a distraction as the Trump team prepares to take office.

    “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.”"

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    Too bad she wasn't properly vetted before she was announced. The plagiarism charges were not new. How many more of Trump's nominees will fall for lack of proper vetting?

    About your last line; Trump was not "vetted" either; except by an "fake" stack of manila folders. Yeah disciplin you find that only in the army. When is this country is going to learn to do things with integrity and in the correct way. We as citizens have to fill in our tax reports correctly all the time, but our government just can horse around like an bunch of wildlife.