CNN Accuses Trump Press Aide of Plagiarism, Forgets It Props Up Plagiarist Fareed Zakaria

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 6:44 pm, January 8, 2017

CNN’s investigations team is coming after President-elect Trump press aide Monica Crowley for alleged plagiarism in her 2012 book, while continuing to provide a platform for in-house plagiarists such as Fareed Zakaria and regular contributor Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The CNN K-File investigations team led by Andrew Kaczynski, who was poached from BuzzFeed in October, has released a damning report accusing President-elect Trump’s new senior director of strategic communications of plagiarism in one of her books.

On Saturday, CNN published an article titled “Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book,” pointing to more than 50 instances of plagiarism by the new senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

The article shows numerous cases when Crowley word-for-word plagiarized from sources such as the Wall Street Journal, National Review and Associated Press without giving any attribution.

CNN’s host of Reliable Sources and a fighter against “plague of fake news” Brian Stelter also tweeted the article, saying “Monica Crowley was a Fox News contributor when she plagiarized Fox News reporter James Rosen.”

While CNN is celebrating its Crowley exposé, the network continues to employ Fareed Zakaria, who has his own twice a-day show on Sundays, and often invites historian-pundit Doris Kearns Goodwin on the network. Both are known serial plagiarists.

It has been reported that Zakaria have lifted entire passages from various publications at least 36 times for unattributed reuse in his books, magazine articles and his television program. Back in 2012, the CNN host was suspended by Time magazine and the network after acknowledging that he passed off someone else’s work as his own.

At the time, CNN released a statement, stating: “CNN has the highest confidence in the excellence and integrity of Fareed Zakaria’s work. In 2012, we conducted an extensive review of his original reporting for CNN, and beyond the initial incident for which he was suspended and apologized for, found nothing that violated our standards. In the years since we have found nothing that gives us cause for concern.”

The network also frequently invites historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, despite her history of plagiarism. In 2002, Goodwin was accused of plagiarism by The Weekly Standard in her popular 1987 bestseller The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. 

Following the accusations, Goodwin took a leave of absence from appearing on PBS’s NewsHour With Jim Lehrer. Due to the severity of the charges, the historian also withdrew all unsold copies before a corrected version of the book could be released.

Perhaps CNN should clean its house first?