RantCrush Top 5: January 9, 2017

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Trump National Security Pick Accused of Serious Plagiarism

Donald Trump’s pick for a top national security position, Monica Crowley, is also a conservative TV personality and wrote a book in 2012 criticizing President Barack Obama. Over the weekend, CNN took a closer look at the book and discovered no less than 50 instances of plagiarism. The book is called “What The (Bleep) Just Happened” and doesn’t contain any notes or bibliography. So where did Crowley get all her statistics claiming Obama was a terrible president in his first term? Apparently, many of the arguments were lifted word for word from sources like Politico, the New York Times, Fox News, and other big media outlets.

Crowley also picked content from the website Investopedia, some of which dates back to the 90s. But Trump’s team doesn’t think this is a problem for a future adviser on national security. “Monica’s exceptional insight and thoughtful work on how to turn this country around is exactly why she will be serving in the Administration,” the team told CNN.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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