Publisher Halts Sale of Monica Crowley Book after Plagiarism Accusation

By Chaitin, Daniel | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, January 10, 2017 | Go to article overview

Publisher Halts Sale of Monica Crowley Book after Plagiarism Accusation


Chaitin, Daniel, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The publisher of a 2012 book written by President-elect Trump's pick to be his senior director of strategic communications, Monica Crowley, has decided to stop selling copies of "What The (Bleep) Just Happened," after a report over the weekend claimed to have found dozens of cases of plagiarism in its pages.

"The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material," HarperCollins wrote in a Tuesday statement to CNN's KFile, which broke the story.

The CNN report found 50 instances in Crowley's book where text from news articles, think tanks and Wikipedia were nearly identical with only minor adjustments. Also listed are examples of similar text from Fox News, where Crowley up until recently appeared as a contributor, as well as writers at National Review, Associated Press, the New York Times, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the BBC and Yahoo News.

The book, which was a New York Times bestseller, did not include notes or a bibliography.

Though the Trump transition team did not reply to CNN's request for comment on HarperCollins' decision to pull the book, the Trump camp originally dismissed the Saturday report as an attempt to damage Crowley's credibility. …

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