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Churchill fires back
AP ^ | 6/27/6

Posted on 06/27/2006 9:16:18 PM PDT by SmithL

Tonight, embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill issued a statement defending his scholarship and threatening the school for attempting to fire him.

CU announced on Monday a decision to terminate Churchill, who began to be investigated for academic misconduct after an essay he wrote compared victims of the September 11th terrorist attack to an infamous Nazi.


Statement released Tuesday by University of Colorado-Boulder professor Ward Churchill:

It was quite predictable that Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano would recommend that I be fired from my tenured professorship at the University of Colorado/Boulder. After all, he was effectively ordered to find some "legally defensible" basis for doing so by Colorado Governor Bill Owens.

In pursuit of this purely political objective, the interim chancellor has at this point expended more than a year and upwards of $250,000 in taxpayer monies.

For all that, he has failed.

Certain facts about my case simply cannot be denied: 1. Interim Chancellor DiStefano joined Governor Owens and several Colorado legislators in publicly and repeatedly denouncing me on explicitly ideological grounds, thereby making his personal biases abundantly clear.

2. In direct violation of the Laws of the Regents of the University of Colorado concerning Academic Freedom, the interim chancellor took the unprecedented step of creating and chairing a special committee devoted to investigating the political content of my scholarship.

3. He and/or his surrogates on this special committee actively solicited allegations of "research misconduct" against me, contriving to cast the impression through the media that these allegations were independently and voluntarily submitted by the scholars involved.

4. Since this produced a "shot-gun load" of allegations but no actual complainants, Interim Chancellor DiStefano named himself complainant without, by his own admission, even bothering to read much of what he was supposedly alleging.

5. Throughout this process the interim chancellor routinely violated the confidentiality rules concerning personnel matters in the CU system, issuing numerous press releases designed to sustain the media "feeding frenzy," subjecting me to "trial by news media," and denying my rights to privacy and due process.

6. Having thus virtually guaranteed that faculty members at the University of Colorado could not be neutral, the interim chancellor/complainant then used his administrative influence to ensure that my request for an investigative panel composed exclusively of persons external to CU was denied. Consequently 3 of 5 panel members, including its chair, were drawn from the Boulder faculty. As predicted, serious questions concerning the impartiality of 2 of these internal panelists have come to light, and more can be expected.

7. Similarly, my repeated requests that the investigative panel include acknowledged experts in the relevant subject areas were ignored. Ultimately, 4 of the 5 panelists professed no specific knowledge whatsoever concerning either the procedures employed within my discipline or the topics under discussion. So much for the pretense that the merits of my work have been assessed by my peers.

The investigative report produced by the panel, while voluminous, misses the mark entirely.

The panelists were required by the rules to restrict their inquiry to whether I actually committed fraud and plagiarism.

Instead, they indulged in a repetition of the "Scopes Monkey Trial," presuming to assert the "truth" of the various historical and legal questions involved, in a manner comfortable to themselves and to those they seemingly perceive as comprising the "American mainstream." Such enforcement of orthodoxy was plainly not within the panels legitimate mandate.

Indeed, as regards the allegations of fraud raised by Interim Chancellor DiStefano, whether what I wrote is true or false is irrelevant. The ONLY relevant consideration is whether I had reason to believe it was true.

On this score, I did, and still do, and the panel proved nothing to the contrary. This is amply reflected in the evidence the panel left largely unaddressed in its report. Much the same pertains to my having supposedly "invented" historical incidents, and the alleged implications of my ghostwriting.

As to the panels findings that by a "preponderance of the evidence" I twice engaged in plagiarism, a simple question presents itself: What, exactly, is a "preponderance" of no evidence at all? Of course, the report produced by the investigative panel is designed to make the opposite of all this seem true. In fact, it seems reasonable to suggest that the very length of the document was meant to obscure its lack of substance.

Two observations support this conclusion: 1. In order to conclude that I engaged in research misconduct, the panelists, collectively, severely distort certain of their sources, omit mention of material inconvenient to their conclusions, cite themselves as the sole authority confirming many of their points, and occasionally engage in outright fabrication.

In fact, each kind of academic misconduct the interim chancellors carefully-selected panel claims I committed is engaged in by the panel itself in the writing of its report. (One of the panelists even takes credit for authoring a work unquestionably written by another scholar.) In the face of all this, it becomes apparent that the panelists arrived at their conclusions before the fact, the orchestrated their data accordingly. In other words, to borrow the panels own term, their report was clearly "thesis-driven." Paraphrasing them again, it means they "dont understand the difference between scholarship and polemic," and have produced a report consisting of "propaganda rather than scholarship." 2. Even if the allegations at issue were true and they certainly are not they do not constitute offenses for which faculty members can, under any ordinary circumstances, be terminated. The panel, the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct (SCRM) which endorsed its report, and the interim chancellor all thus resorted to the argument that I could/should be fired, not for what I did, but because I have refused to recant. In other words, it is my "attitude" which justifies the severity of the recommended sanctions.

This, then, is the backdrop against which Interim Chancellor DiStefanos "news flash" that I should be fired must be understood.

From start to finish, the interim chancellors blatant conflicts of interest not to mention the political nature of his biases have been obvious to anyone who cared to view the matter honestly. So, too, the ways in which he has manipulated the process at every step in order to guarantee the outcome he announced on Monday, June 26.

The interim vice chancellors strikingly duplicitous comportment over the past 16 months will not go unchallenged. I will file an appeal of the whole charade with the Faculty Senates Committee on Privilege and Tenure (P&T) within the next 10 days.

Far from putting the "final touches to the Churchill story," as fantasized on Denver editorial pages, the interim chancellors elaborate subterfuge has merely set the stage for the taxpayers to waste another quarter-million dollars while I go through the P&T process.

Hopefully, the members of P&T who review my case will display the sort of integrity conspicuously lacking in their predecessors on the investigative panel and the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct.

That would do much to constrain the magnitude of damage sustained by the University - and consequently the taxpayers - when my case goes to court, as it ultimately will.

- Ward Churchill Boulder, Colorado June 27, 2006


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: academia; antiamerican; fakeartist; fakeindian; fakeprofessor; faker; fakewriter; forktongue; getlostalready; honestinjun; liar; loser; plagiarizer; pos; poser; sociopath; wardchurchill
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Professor Ward Churchill's writings about the victims of 9/11 sparked an outcry that led to an investigation of his claims of being American Indian and of allegations of plagiarism.
1 posted on 06/27/2006 9:16:20 PM PDT by SmithL
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deny, deny, deny


2 posted on 06/27/2006 9:16:52 PM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: SmithL

go to hell Churchill


3 posted on 06/27/2006 9:17:12 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Cinnamon

I was going to say "Get lost, nutso," but yours works better.


4 posted on 06/27/2006 9:18:49 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: SmithL

Paper Tiger.


5 posted on 06/27/2006 9:19:17 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: SmithL

Face it, you are gone, sucker!


6 posted on 06/27/2006 9:19:31 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (What's so hard to understand about the word illegal?)
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To: SmithL

"Waaaa! I lost my government job! But I saved 15% on my car insurance through GEICO."


7 posted on 06/27/2006 9:19:45 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (What you know about that?)
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To: SmithL
Tonight, embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill issued a statement

Was it written in the native language of his ancestors, i.e. English?

8 posted on 06/27/2006 9:20:26 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: SmithL

CORRECTION:

Statement released Tuesday by FORMER University of Colorado-Boulder professor Ward Churchill:


9 posted on 06/27/2006 9:20:42 PM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: SmithL

Chronic liars always blame everyone else.


10 posted on 06/27/2006 9:20:53 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: SmithL
Indeed, as regards the allegations of fraud raised by Interim Chancellor DiStefano, whether what I wrote is true or false is irrelevant. The ONLY relevant consideration is whether I had reason to believe it was true.

The Dan Rather defense.

11 posted on 06/27/2006 9:21:17 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: SmithL

Little Eichmans strike back. The AP couldn't even mention Eichman, instead referring to an infamous Nazi.


12 posted on 06/27/2006 9:22:11 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (ELECT SOME WORKERS AND REMOVE THE JERKERS!.)
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To: SmithL

Churchill can fire back, but belief here is that he's shootin' nothin' but blanks!


13 posted on 06/27/2006 9:22:35 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: SmithL

Quit your crying boy, there's always CNN.


14 posted on 06/27/2006 9:25:35 PM PDT by JamminJAY (This space for rent)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Now THAT'S an Indian name he deserves!


15 posted on 06/27/2006 9:26:27 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Anything that offends 3 people must be banned. The 200 million just have to suck it up.)
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To: SmithL

"Ok you little Eichmans, how does it feel to pay $30k a year to listen to complete psychopaths like me? "

16 posted on 06/27/2006 9:30:39 PM PDT by Screamname (Is your terror group depressed? Call 1-800-Demo-crats.....We give hope!)
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To: SmithL

Fire this worthless scumbag, and then sue him for all the monies he has fraudulently collected from the people of Colorado.


17 posted on 06/27/2006 9:31:44 PM PDT by Enchante (Keller & Sulzberger: Forget elections, WE are the self-appointed judges of everything)
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To: SmithL

Buh-Bye. Dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Nice to see ya, hate to be ya. So long. Farewell. Auf wiedersein (sp). Adieu (sp again). No whammies, no whammies, no whammies [BUZZ]. Hit the road jack. Dont ya come back. No more. No more. No more. [Oh good lord - kelsey grammer sound clip]. [Price is right loser sounder]. Good riddance, a$$hole.


18 posted on 06/27/2006 9:33:39 PM PDT by Illuminatas (Being conservative means never having to say; "Don't you dare question my patriotism")
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To: SmithL
You know what's funny about his long-winded diatribe is that he doesn't once defend against the accusations of plagiarism. I mean, he seems to deny plagiarism, but he doesn't specifically describe why the allegations are untrue.

It's sort of like someone on trial for a crime, and when faced with the prosecution's evidence, prattling on and on about the short-comings of the prosecutors and witnesses, without actually bothering to explain an alternate reason for his fingerprints on the smoking gun found at the crime scene.

And beyond that, I was really struck by the very "un-academic" writing style of his "rebuttal." It sounds very far removed from the gravitas that I am accustomed to reading in missives penned by men of learning. It sounds, for lack of a better description, almost comic book-ish.

19 posted on 06/27/2006 9:34:03 PM PDT by Proud2BAmerican
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To: SmithL

"...whether what I wrote is true or false is irrelevant. The ONLY relevant consideration is whether I had reason to believe it was true."

Is this something liberals tattoo on the inside of their eyelids? Jeez, of COURSE it is relevant. You 'cited' people's works as confirming your own, when they were citing YOUR work!

I look forward to watching him bounce on pavement, but I know darn well that pragmatically, the governor should have offered him half a million to leave the state and never come back.


20 posted on 06/27/2006 9:35:50 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ('Is' and 'amnesty' both have clear, plain meanings. Are Billy Jeff, Pence, McQueeg & Bush related?)
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To: SmithL

You know? Not once did I see him defend himself against the charges of plagairism and other academic 'crimes'


21 posted on 06/27/2006 9:36:13 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (If Christians can go nuclear in a biblical way, would the Israelis go nuclear in a talmudic way?)
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To: SmithL

You can always come up here to Estes Park and sell rubber tomahawks, Ward. Or maybe they'd hire you to stand in front of the tobacco shop with a cigar in your mouth. Either one would fit you.


22 posted on 06/27/2006 9:37:44 PM PDT by TigersEye (Get the terrorists out of Gitmo. ... Start sending liberals.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Fired, I hope so, but he'll still walk away with enough $$ to keep him comfortable.
Kinda like fired CEOs, doesn't matter how incompetent they were, they still walk away grinning about the bucks they've gained.


23 posted on 06/27/2006 9:38:30 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: SmithL
You are so screwed kemosabe! You mealymouthed your way around the truth like it was a disease. They have you dead to rights and the only thing that may save your miserable faux-injun hide is that several of the administrators are dirty too...
24 posted on 06/27/2006 9:38:32 PM PDT by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: SmithL
That would do much to constrain the magnitude of damage sustained by the University - and consequently the taxpayers - when my case goes to court, as it ultimately will.

It's always touching to see a Commie who has grown accustomed to pigging out at the trough of public funds suddenly see the light and express concern for the plight of the taxpayer, isn't it?

25 posted on 06/27/2006 9:39:01 PM PDT by Zeppo
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To: SmithL
Oh well, I guess he can always run for Senator and immediately get elected by the moonbats over here, and suck the taxpayers dry like this psychopath....

"I`m tired of this! When do I get to play President?"

26 posted on 06/27/2006 9:39:07 PM PDT by Screamname (Is your terror group depressed? Call 1-800-Demo-crats.....We give hope!)
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To: SmithL

That's nice. He's still an asshole. And ugly.

27 posted on 06/27/2006 9:39:21 PM PDT by Fintan (One day we'll look back on this and plow into a parked car.)
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To: SmithL
May we suggest?...


28 posted on 06/27/2006 9:39:26 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Proud2BAmerican
And beyond that, I was really struck by the very "un-academic" writing style of his "rebuttal." It sounds very far removed from the gravitas that I am accustomed to reading in missives penned by men of learning. It sounds, for lack of a better description, almost comic book-ish.

Actually, it reminded me of Ted Kaczynski's "The Unibomber Manifesto".

29 posted on 06/27/2006 9:39:54 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: SmithL

30 posted on 06/27/2006 9:41:50 PM PDT by Screamname (Is your terror group depressed? Call 1-800-Demo-crats.....We give hope!)
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To: SmithL

"It's all about me!!!!"


31 posted on 06/27/2006 9:42:09 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God is giving you countless observable clues of His existence!)
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To: Screamname

Very funny!


32 posted on 06/27/2006 9:42:42 PM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Screamname
Isn't there some evidence that he offed a wife way-back-when?

Too bad C&F left THAT chicken out...
33 posted on 06/27/2006 9:45:47 PM PDT by decal (Different Tagline Tomorrow!)
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To: TigersEye

I'd rather see the cigar put somewhere else myself.
Marxist A Hole should be lynched.


34 posted on 06/27/2006 9:47:58 PM PDT by Tiberius109
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
==But I saved 15% on my car insurance through GEICO."==

Didn't he stay at a Holiday Inn last night also?

35 posted on 06/27/2006 9:51:01 PM PDT by OnRightOnLeftCoast (U.S. government: Voluntary laws and policies assuring self-destruction)
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To: Bushbacker1

I wonder who wrote it for him


36 posted on 06/27/2006 10:03:08 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: Proud2BAmerican

i guess he ran out of good sources to plagarize


37 posted on 06/27/2006 10:04:16 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: SmithL

I wish somebody would post the side-by-side comparison of the artwork depicting a line of Indians. This says all I need to know about the guy. It is as convincing as the side-by-side comparisons of Dan Rather's fake-but-accurate memo and the verson created by others using the software's default settings.


38 posted on 06/27/2006 10:05:58 PM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: SmithL
Can student demonstrations be far away? Local citizenry watching in amusement, and awaiting developments. The best part is that a committee of his peers found Big Chief All-White-Ancestors guilty of being a flim-flam-con man.

Peers = College Professors.

Peers, not Gov. Owens, not George Bush.
39 posted on 06/27/2006 10:09:44 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Free Iran! WARNING! Forbidden Cartoon: .. . *-O)) :-{>. . . .)
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To: SmithL

I say this WHITEMAN speak with forked tongue


40 posted on 06/27/2006 10:12:37 PM PDT by docman57 (Retired but still on Duty)
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To: SmithL

"Tonight, embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill issued a statement defending his scholarship and threatening the school for attempting to fire him."


What is this "attempt" crud?

YOU'RE FIRED!

Get out and never darken these halls again!


41 posted on 06/27/2006 10:42:14 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: SmithL

SEEYABYE


42 posted on 06/27/2006 10:45:26 PM PDT by Boiler Plate (Mom always said why be difficult, when with just a little more effort you can be impossible.)
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To: SmithL
Admit nothing
Deny everything
Make counter accusations.
43 posted on 06/27/2006 10:50:18 PM PDT by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: SmithL
Maybe he can get a gig opening the Dixie Chicks concerts as a stand up comedian. If he flops no one will know.
44 posted on 06/27/2006 11:22:58 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: SmithL

"Instead, they indulged in a repetition of the "Scopes Monkey Trial," presuming to assert the "truth" of the various historical and legal questions involved, in a manner comfortable to themselves and to those they seemingly perceive as comprising the "American mainstream.""

What a surprise. He doesn't know anything about the Scopes trial either.


45 posted on 06/27/2006 11:27:54 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: William Tell

original artwork drawn by the late artist Thomas E. Mails

Art signed by Prof. Ward Churchill

Bear in mind that CU didn't even get into his art fraud.

46 posted on 06/27/2006 11:31:09 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: SmithL

Churchill is poster-weasel for the End Tenure movement.


47 posted on 06/27/2006 11:32:49 PM PDT by Tax Government (Defeat the evil miscreant donkeys and their rhino lackeys.)
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To: SmithL

I sincerely wish this POS would just go out and hang himself


48 posted on 06/27/2006 11:38:49 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse (strive on with heedfulness)
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To: Darkwolf377


LOL!


49 posted on 06/27/2006 11:40:06 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: Sam Hill

I didnt know there were that many left handed indians in the world much less all in one battle like that :-)


50 posted on 06/28/2006 12:37:36 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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