|Born|| September 19, 1968
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||Colgate University (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
Monica Crowley (born September 19, 1968) is an American political commentator.
She is a former Fox News contributor, where she worked (with a few breaks) from 1996 to 2016, a former online opinion editor for The Washington Times, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In December 2016, the Donald Trump administration announced that Crowley would be appointed a Deputy National Security advisor for the National Security Council. However, she withdrew the following month following revelations of multiple incidents of plagiarism throughout her academic and professional career.
Early life and education
Crowley was born at Fort Huachuca, an Army base located outside of Sierra Vista, Arizona and grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University (2000).
As a student, Crowley began writing letters to former President Richard Nixon, who hired her as a research assistant in 1990 when she was 22 years old. She was an editorial adviser and consultant on Nixon's last two books, and following Nixon's death, she published two books about him.
In the mid-1990s, Crowley wrote a regular column for the New York Post. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun.
Crowley was a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition in the mid-1990s. Since 2002, she has had her own radio show, The Monica Crowley Show, which is also available as a podcast on iTunes.
In 1996, Crowley joined Fox News Channel, where she was a foreign affairs and political analyst and occasionally substituted for Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's Hannity. In 2004, she joined MSNBC's Connected: Coast to Coast with co-host Ron Reagan. After a nine-month run, the last show aired on December 9, 2005. Crowley has also been a recurring guest on Imus in the Morning and has hosted the MSNBC broadcast The Best of Imus in the Morning. In 2007, she returned as a contributor to Fox News Channel. She was also a regular participant on The McLaughlin Group from late 2007 to 2011.
Crowley is an occasional panelist on Fox News Channel's late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Since 2009, she has been a guest host for Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor and appears opposite Alan Colmes on Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor in a segment called "Barack and a Hard Place". She is also an occasional guest host on the daily (5:00 pm ET) Fox opinion show, The Five.
In election-day commentary in 2016 on Fox News, speaking of Republican candidate Donald Trump's impending upset victory, Crowley said, "This is a revolt of the unprotected class against the protected elite class." Following the election of President Donald Trump, it was announced in December 2016 that Crowley would join the Trump administration as a Deputy National Security Advisor. Following this announcement, Fox News terminated her contract with the network at Crowley's request.
Allegations of plagiarism
In 1999, Crowley was accused of plagiarism related to a column on Richard Nixon she wrote for The Wall Street Journal containing "striking similarities" (according to the Journal) with a piece written eleven years earlier by Paul Johnson. When reached by the The New York Times for comment, Crowley responded, "I did not, nor would I ever, use material from a source without citing it." On January 7, 2017, CNN published a report documenting numerous instances of plagiarism in Crowley's 2012 book, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?. The book includes about 50 examples of copying freely from published sources with no attribution given, including from Wikipedia. In a statement, the Trump transition team called the plagiarism report "nothing more than a politically motivated attack" and stood by her.
Two days later on January 9, 2017, Politico reported that there were a dozen additional instances of plagiarism in Crowley's 2000 Ph.D. dissertation on international relations at Columbia University. The next day, HarperCollins, which had published What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, announced:
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.
On January 16, 2017 Crowley withdrew from consideration for the role of senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council in the Trump administration. The Washington Times, where she served previously as online opinion editor, said in January 2017 it would be investigating her work at the paper for possible incidents of additional plagiarism by her.
Crowley grew up in central New Jersey.
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