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Monica Crowley Vindicated of False Plagiarism Accusations from CNN

Monica Crowley is a former Fox News contributor and current spokeswoman for the United States Treasury Department. Early on the Trump Administration, Monica was being strongly considered to join the National Security Council (NSC) under former White House National Security Advisor retired General Mike Flynn. However, shortly after the announcement that Monica was an NSC team candidate, CNN, Politico, and several other news media outlets published a slew of hit pieces accusing her of plagiarizing both her college thesis while at Columbia University and her 2012 book.

The accusations led to an official internal investigation at Columbia University that has now concluded, and the findings of the investigation have concluded that the accusations against Monica Crowley were unfounded and materially false.

Roots of the Allegations

Many individuals associated favorably with the Trump Administration have faced severe public backlash due to the establishment media’s obvious disdain for the President and his administration’s policies. The attacks against Monica Crowley have been called the “patient zero” case of left-leaning news outlets smearing members and potential members of Trump’s administration, which began before he even officially took office. However, like many of the other accusations leveled by CNN, Politico, The Washington Post, and other news outlets with strong ties to the Democratic left, the accusations against Monica Crowley have fallen apart under scrutiny.

Columbia University takes accusations of research misconduct and plagiarism very seriously and consequently launched an investigation into the accusations surrounding Monica Crowley’s PhD dissertation. What they found were minor instances of plagiarism in the technical sense that amounted to no more than incomplete citations. When CNN and other news outlets reported on Monica’s so-called “plagiarism,” they neglected to mention more than 40 footnotes included in the dissertation that clearly outlined Monica’s research sources.

Monica has encouraged the public to read her dissertation for themselves, which covers relations between the United States and China. She encourages this because she is not only proud of her work and considers her dissertation subject a newsworthy topic, but also wants the public to see her research, annotations, and footnotes for themselves.

Columbia University’s Response

Official investigations at any major university can take a very long time, and the Columbia University investigation of Monica Crowley’s dissertation was no exception. Launched shortly after the hit pieces published in 2012, the university concluded its investigation in December of 2019, nearly seven years after the accusations were first launched.

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After the conclusion of their investigation into Monica Crowley’s dissertation and research methods, Columbia University has announced they have no plans to discipline her in any way, and the irregularities found with her dissertation amount to no more than a few missing annotations and annotations incorrectly listed within footnotes, errors Monica has offered to correct. Ultimately, Columbia University’s assessment of Monica’s dissertation is that there were some annotations that could have been done better, but the corrections were very minor.

Trump Administration Response to Monica’s Vindication

Trump administration spokespeople have responded positively to this news, citing the ongoing political feud between the establishment media and the Trump administration as well as its supporters. There has been a clear divide in American politics and President Trump is arguably the most divisive President to take office in modern times, but repeated attacks against the integrity of Trump administration candidates and officials have amounted to little more than attempted political smears. A former White House official spoke on the matter and said:

“The media and enemies of President Trump simply cannot stand a strong woman serving in the Administration, so they peddle fictitious allegations and outright lies with no regard for what is actually true. Monica is a world class talent that serves her country well. We need more people like her, not less.”

Many hope that this story and others like it will encourage the public to conduct their own research when they read inflammatory news articles about anyone on either end of the political spectrum and to approach establishment media with caution.

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About Hanna Heller

Hanna is the entertainment and lifestyle editor for CDN. Fan of great movies, legendary music, outdoor activities and cool stuff in general, her opinions, as expressed in her articles, are her own and not necessarily shared by anyone .. anywhere .. ever. Follow Hanna on Twitter: @Hanna_CDN

2 comments

  1. Can someone tell me why these editors and news correspondents are not being held accountable for there lies and false information? This is nothing less than slander that affects someone’s career and personnel life. THIS HAS TOO AND MUST STOP

    The Nuremberg Trails execute the editor of the Nuremberg (newspaper) Zeitung for publishing false information and the swaying the public views of the Jewish People.

  2. Thomas K. Pedersen

    Two salient points:
    1. This is another example of the failure to abide by the moral imperative of “Due Process.” An unfounded accusation served as a “verdict” of guilt as a practical manner, depriving her of the privilege (otherwise apparently to be granted) of serving the current administration if a significant post. No presumption of innocence pending the conclusion of the investigation.
    2. When you are presumed by the media and detractors to be guilty, SEVEN YEARS is a long time to be looked upon with suspicion. This is true of criminal matters also, although criminals accused of crimes usually do not spend their time in jail until the trial. They get bail. Monica did NOT get bail.

    Having lived through this kind of “guilt by accusation” once during the McCarthy hearings, this current era seems remarkably similar to that experience. I would suggest that we now are living through the era of the “McCarthyism of the Left” and it is just as ugly and wrong in its excesses as was the original.

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