UDPATE: Trump WH aide Monica Crowley steps down over plagiarism

UPDATE: Incoming Trump White House aide Monica Crowley has reportedly resigned — before she even took the job — over increasingly allegations that Crowley plagiarized parts of her 2012 book and her Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia.


Senior Trump White House appointee Monica Crowley has been accused of plagiarizing parts of her Ph.D. dissertation from Columbia University in New York.

Columbia should do as it has done at least once in the past, investigate and revoke Crowley’s Ph.D.

Please sign our petition calling on Columbia to do just that.

Crowley, a former Nixon aide, was recently appointed to be senior director of strategic communications for the Trump White House National Security Council, a senior national security position. Just days ago, CNN reported that Crowley had plagiarized more than 50 pages in her 2012 book, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened.” Two days later, Politico reported that Crowley had also plagiarized numerous passages from her Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia. In view of the fact that there are now multiple allegations of plagiarism, this is looking less and less like a simple mistake.

UPDATE: CNN has found that the there are over 40 instances of plagiarism in Crowley’s Ph.D., covering thousands of words.

Monica Crowley Berlin Wall tweetCrowley is also facing criticism for having visited the Berlin Wall a year ago, where she praised how well the wall worked. The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 by the East German police state at the behest of Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev. The Soviets were concerned about the massive number of East Germans, 3.5 million in fact, who had already defected to the West, many via West Berlin. Over the ensuing 29 years, only 5,000 people were able to escape, while hundreds died trying to cross the Berlin Wall.

So yes indeed, the wall worked.

Monica Crowley has no place in the White House, nor should she retain her Ph.D. from Columbia if the plagiarism charges are confirmed.

Please join us in calling on the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger, to investigate Monica Crowley’s Ph.D., and if the plagiarism is confirmed, revoke Crowley’s degree.

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14 Responses to “UDPATE: Trump WH aide Monica Crowley steps down over plagiarism”

  1. Duke Woolworth says:

    I’ve sent this info to every Columbia grad I know. Let them handle it from the inside.

  2. 1nancy2 says:

    Her degrees should be taken away. She is a thief; never could stand her.

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  4. Badgerite says:

    Christ. Such an “honest” crowd. But then, their “boss” can’t release his tax returns and parties with the mobbed up. So.

  5. Demosthenes says:

    The wrong person resigned. Shouldn’t her putiive boss step down?

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    You seem the most capable to what’s needed and what’s right. Please reconsider.

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  8. Jefferson McCarthy says:

    There is a very specific and straightforward process to ask Columbia to investigate Crowley’s dissertation. Their website will contain the required information on how to go about it and who to write to (most likely the Provost, who will pass it on to one of his staff).

    My advice to anyone who wishes to do so:

    Do what I have suggested above.

    Publish (e.g. here) the request to Columbia.

    Publish Columbia’s response.

    Columbia’s website will indicate how long an investigation of student plagiarism takes.

    What will happen:

    Columbia will provide an initial pro-forma response.

    Then Columbia will stall – it will not provide any more information (it does not have to, and FOIA does not apply to private universities)

    My suggestion: Every month, write again to Columbia. Publish in this blog. Indicate if Columbia responds.

    Reason: Columbia will much prefer to forget about this. The only – I repeat, the only – way to get Columbia to act is to keep this in the public domain – public media pressure.

    Biggest misperception by public (and many academics): Universities want to deal with such issues. They do not. Again, public pressure is the only pressure that works.

    My background: I spent 18 months doing the above with Columbia (not the public part) regarding a heavily plagiarized dissertation. Result: Columbia allowed the student (graduate) to completely rewrite the plagiarized portions of the dissertation.

    It then replaced the plagiarized dissertation with the revised dissertation.

    Other than the plagiarist, I am likely the only person to have the plagiarized version of the dissertation.

    Reason I will not do what I suggest: Once is more than enough to do this in terms of effort and time.

  9. rick131 says:

    Lock her up! her degree should definitely be revoked and she should be sanctioned form all academics.

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    You still fcking dogs, old perv?

  12. John Doe says:

    I think you should leave her alone and mind your own business. This is clearly politically motivated on your part. She appears to be a whipsmart, talented, formidable, classy lady. A lot classier than the author of this blog.

  13. Houndentenor says:

    No. It’s not that I don’t agree with what you are trying to do here, but you have to be careful how you go about it. The other, later things are irrelevant to whether or not Crowley plagiarized part of her thesis at Columbia. That needs to be investigated. That’s all we should ask for. If the allegations are true and what she did violates Columbia’s ethical rules, then they should do whatever is appropriate in such a situation. (They certainly will have policy to cover all that.) Period. Asking for them to reach a particular conclusion without an investigation is a bad idea.

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