Monica Crowley Insists Plagiarism Scandal Was 'Political Hit Job,' 'It's Been Debunked'

A side-by-side comparison from CNN

A side-by-side comparison from CNN

What the (Beep) just happened?

Following Crowley's Fox News interview, iMediaEthics tracked down the Washington Times columns that CNN flagged for plagiarism to see if there were any corrections or editor's notes appended.

Crowley said she was attacked just as she was asked to take a position with the Trump administration as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council.

Her friend, the National Review's Andrew McCarthy (from whom she is accused of lifting material) and copyright lawyer Lynn Chu have vigoriously defended her.

"What happened to me was a despicable straight-up political hit job", insisted Crowley.

The left-leaning Daily Beast contended that Crowley "falsely claimed the plagiarism allegations had 'been debunked, '" while Salon claimed an "investigative team" found 50 examples of "plagiarism from numerous sources", "including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia".

CNN and Politico stand by their reporting. The plagiarism charge seems to be correct - see below a side-by-side comparison.

Monica Crowley, the conservative commentator who was slated for a job in the Trump administration before reports found that she plagiarized large sections in her 2012 book and her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation, claimed that she was a victim on "Hannity" Tuesday night. Instead, after reading texts side by side with footnotes, I came away impressed by the very high quality and care taken by Ms. Crowley in her writing, scholarship and research overall. "What happened to me, what happened to General Flynn, what has happened to Attorney General Sessions, and others is all of a piece", she said. We often talk about that. "Then they want "Jail to the Chief" ..."

Crowley said Trump's opponents are seeking to put him "in prison".

"I am not overstating this, having been a victim of this myself", she continued. "And the reason they have to destroy him is that Donald Trump is an alien organism that has been injected into the body politic of the American people to reform it". None of these reports have been debunked.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from an investigation into any ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, amid revelations that Sessions met twice with the same Russian ambassador before the election. She would have been flawless for the Trump White House. She would have done bigly.

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