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Is Former FOX Analyst Monica Crowley A Plagiarist?

Reported by Ellen - December 22, 2004

The evidence is pretty damning. Check out the Daily Kos story on it. If you follow the link to the original 1999 Slate article, you'll discover that the incident occurred while Crowley was a FOX News political analyst.

The alleged plagiarism was in a Wall Street Journal editorial by Crowley. According to Slate, four days later, the Journal printed an editor's note saying,

There are striking similarities in phraseology between "The Day Richard Nixon Said Goodbye," an editorial feature Monday by Monica Crowley, and a 1988 article by Paul Johnson in Commentary magazine ... Had we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article.

Both Kos and Slate provide several excerpts of both Johnson and Crowley and the similarities are almost word for word. Crowley claimed she never read the Johnson article, a statement that seems even less likely than the fact that the similarities were accidental. Apparently, the incident received very little publicity for some reason.

So did the "Real Journalism" network for "morals voters," the same network that Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said had never retracted a story, bother to investigate the incident? Or did they sweep it under the rug like the accusations against Bill O'Reilly?

Meanwhile, Daily Kos is asking people to contact MSNBC, Crowley's current employer about this at viewerservices@msnbc.com.

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