Over the last few days the communists of the left have been celebrating Barack Obama’s commutation of the sentences of convicted traitors and terrorists. Meanwhile, there has been a concerted effort from the left to bring down Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council, former Fox News host Monica Crowley, for purported crimes of plagiarism. And that effort seems to have succeeded, as Crowley has now declined to accept the position.
The media shrug over Obama’s pardoning of terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera and traitor Bradley Manning (now known as Chelsea Manning), but CNN and Politico went after Crowley with accusations of plagiarism in her book What the Bleep Just Happened and her Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation, because the strategy of the Alinsky-trained left is always the politics of personal destruction.
However, Lynn Chu, a copyright attorney with over 30 years of publishing law experience, has examined the passages in question in Crowley’s work and “found CNN’s splashy ‘plagiarism’ accusation to be ill-supported—a heavily exaggerated, political hit job.” The “CNN list [or plagiarized passages] was misleadingly long, possibly a calculated attempt to condemn her with manufactured, but false, bulk.” Chu also determined that two dozen of the instances CNN noted were properly footnoted but that “CNN hid from readers that her footnotes gave proper credit to the source.”
“I came away impressed by the very high quality and care taken by Ms. Crowley in her writing, scholarship and research overall,” wrote Chu. “The relatively few examples of unsourced copying found was in my opinion de minimus, should just be corrected, and not allowed to besmirch Ms. Crowley’s reputation.”
It’s worth reading Chu’s statement in its entirety (emphasis added):