One of the earliest appointments to President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet was former longtime Fox News contributor Dr. Monica Crowley, to serve as his senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council (NSC). However, it was recently discovered by CNN that Crowley allegedly plagiarized parts of her Columbia doctoral dissertation. CNN also discovered that there were several plagiarism examples in Crowley’s 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? According to the Washington Times, the publishing company HarperCollins decided to pull the book from circulation until it is sourced and revised.
Because of these accusations, Crowley decided not to take her designated position in the Trump administration. The Washington Times alleges that her decision was designed to keep the scandals from becoming a distraction from the Presidential transition. In her statement yesterday, Crowley stated that she decided to stay in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the Trump administration, and that she greatly appreciates being tapped for the president-elect’s team and will continue to support him.
If I may borrow a phrase from Crowley, what the (bleep) just happened? Most of us know that plagiarism is wrong, but did it suddenly become a scandal worthy of resignation? There are many examples of plagiarism on the Left, which very few seem to notice, almost as if it is willful blindness.
During the Republican National Convention, now-First Lady Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing parts of her speech from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. A few days later, a piece at the Daily Wire put this in perspective by listing seven Democrats caught plagiarizing, including President Obama and Vice President Biden. Biden’s plagiarism, in a speech he gave in his 1988 run for President, is especially egregious, as its exposure caused him to drop out of the race.
In September 1987, Biden was accused of copying a speech by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party, which Kinnock delivered to a Welsh Labour Party conference a few months earlier in May. Kinnock’s speech included the following lines, “Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get into university? Why is Glenys [his wife] the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get into university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?”
Let’s compare the above speech to Biden’s: “I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright?”
These speeches are almost the same. As such, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times exposed Biden’s plagiarism, forcing Biden to withdraw from the race. There were other accusations of Biden copying other speeches from Hubert Humphrey, and Robert and John F. Kennedy.
Notice the comparison between the scandals of Biden and Crowley. Biden continued in the US Senate until becoming Obama’s Vice President, with his scandals having become a distant memory. Meanwhile, Crowley has received much backlash and will probably have to continue to look for new work, with her reputation forever tarnished.
Imagine if Crowley were a Democrat. It’s possible we would have never heard about her plagiarism. Or maybe she could have become the Vice President, with the media apologists always by her side.Tags: Barack Obama Donald Trump