Monica Crowley

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Monica Crowley
Born (1968-09-19) September 19, 1968 (age 48)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, U.S.
Education Colgate University (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
Political party Republican

Monica Crowley (born September 19, 1968) is an American political commentator.

She is a former Fox News contributor, former online opinion editor for The Washington Times, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[1][2]

In December 2016, the Donald Trump administration announced that Crowley would be appointed senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. However, she withdrew the following month following revelations of multiple incidents of plagiarism throughout her academic and professional career.[3][4] Her documented plagiarism involves her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University, her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? and a Wall Street Journal article in 1999.[5][6][7] In response, her publisher, HarperCollins, said it was withdrawing her book from sale.[8][9] The Washington Times, where she worked previously as online opinion editor, also said it was reviewing her past work for incidents of plagiarism.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Crowley was born at Fort Huachuca,[11] 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).[12]


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.[12][13] 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.[citation needed] She has also written for The New Yorker,[14] The Washington Times,[2] The Wall Street Journal,[7] the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun.


Crowley was a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition in the mid-1990s.[15] Since 2002, she has had her own radio show, The Monica Crowley Show, which is also available as a podcast on iTunes.[16]


In 1996, Crowley joined Fox News Channel, where she is a foreign affairs and political analyst. She occasionally substitutes 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 a regular participant on The McLaughlin Group from late 2007 to 2011.[17]

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.[17]

Crowley appeared in the Netflix original series of House of Cards, portraying herself.[17]

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."[18]


In 1999, Crowley was accused of plagiarism related to a column on Richard Nixon she wrote for The Wall Street Journal[7] containing "striking similarities" (according to the Journal) with a piece written eleven years earlier by Paul Johnson.[6][19] 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."[19]

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.[5] In a statement, the Trump transition team called the plagiarism report "nothing more than a politically motivated attack" and stood by her.[20]

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.[6][21] The next day, HarperCollins, which had published What the (Bleep) Just Happened?, announced:[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Crowley grew up in central New Jersey[12] and currently resides in the New York City area.[citation needed]

Crowley's brother-in-law is liberal political commentator Alan Colmes, who is married to Crowley's sister, Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University.[25]



  1. ^ "Membership Roster – Council on Foreign Relations". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Monica Crowley | Stories". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book," by Andrew Kaczynski, CNN Money, January 7, 2017, retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Pappas, Alex (December 15, 2016). "Trump to name retired Lt. Gen. Kellogg and Crowley to national security posts". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  5. ^ a b Kaczynski, Andrew (January 7, 2017). "Trump pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book - CNNMoney". Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b c Caton, Alex; Grace Watkins. "Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation". Politico. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  7. ^ a b c Noah, Timothy (1999-08-23). "Nixon's Monica Stonewalls About Plagiarism!". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  8. ^ Caton, Alex; Grace Watkins (2017-01-09). "Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation". Politico. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  9. ^ Sterne, Peter (January 10, 2017). "HarperCollins to stop selling Monica Crowley's book after plagiarism allegations". The Politico. Politico. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  10. ^ "Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House," by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, January 16, 2017, retrieved January 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Monica Crowley, Conservative Commentator & Author | MAKERS Video". Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  12. ^ a b c Romano, Carlin (Knight Ridder) (August 27, 1996). "Taking good notes helped Monica Crowley, 27". The News via Google. New York. p. 9A. 
  13. ^ Crowley, Monica (1998). Nixon in Winter: The Final Revelations. I.B.Tauris. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-1-86064-266-1. 
  14. ^ Crowley, Monica, "Nixon Unplugged" (abstract; subscription), The New Yorker Magazine, July 29, 1996, p. 42-.
  15. ^ "Monica Crowley". WABC Radio. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "TRN Entertainment Announces Continuation of the Weekend Monica Crowley Show – Talk Radio Network". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  17. ^ a b c "Filmography>Actress, ->Self", IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  18. ^ Bauder, David, "Election coverage an unexpected thrill ride on TV", AP via, November 9, 2016. Retrieved 2017-1-12.
  19. ^ a b Barringer, Felicity. "Media Talk; Journal Article on Nixon Conjures Deja Vu". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  20. ^ Morin, Rebecca, "Report: Trump's NSC comms pick plagiarized tracts in 2012 book", Politico, January 7, 2017.
  21. ^ Hartmann, Margaret (January 9, 2017). "Trump National Security Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Ph.D. Dissertation Too". New York. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  22. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew (10 January 2017). "HarperCollins pulls Trump pick Monica Crowley's book amid plagiarism revelations". Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  23. ^ Trudo, Hanna (January 16, 2017). "Monica Crowley not taking role in Trump administration". Politico (magazine). Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  24. ^ "Monica Crowley to forgo post in Trump White House," by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, January 16, 2017, retrieved January 18, 2017.
  25. ^ Sabloff, Nicholas (November 12, 2008). "Monica Crowley, Sister Of Alan Colmes' Wife Jocelyn". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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