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Posted on 06/09/2007 3:22:32 PM PDT by UnklGene
A footnote on Ward Churchill -
Who can forget Ward little Eichmanns Churchill, the ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado whose odious remark comparing the victims of 9/11 to Nazi bureaucrats sparked a firestorm of eminently deserved criticism?
The closer one looked into the case of Ward Churchill, the worse it got. This tenured radical had been battening on the public purse for decadesand for what? A congeries of radical political diatribes masquerading as scholarship in a bogus discipline.
Much of what Churchill published was simply fabricated. Much else turned out to have been plagiarized. A university committee went to work to investigate it all and to recommend disciplinary action.
On May 16, the Associated Press reported on the committees findings. Yes, Churchill committed multiple acts of plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification and his work was below minimum standards of professional integrity.
Nevertheless, the committee recommended that he be suspended for a year, not fired. Why? Because although his case shows misbehavior, it does not show the worst possible misbehavior.
Yes, thats right: you can be mad, bad, and dangerous to knowyou can lie, fabricate research, plagiarize, and turn your college classroom into a center for anti-American propaganda: all thats just fine. So long as you are not the worst, your tenure at the University of Colorado is inviolable. Or so the committees report suggests.
But wait: what would count as the worst? According to the AP story, the report mentions fabricating data for grant money or endangering peoples lives by not following appropriate research protocols. But surely that betrays a stunning lack of imagination. What about arson, mass murder, or widespread mayhem? Most people would agree such activities are worse than fabricating data to get a grant, which by definition means that such fabrication is not the worst possible behavior. Sancta simplissima! Has it come to this at the University of Colorado?
By the time you read this, Hank Brown, the universitys president, will have decide whether to accept the committees recommendations.
He might decide to fire Churchill anyway. He might decided to do nothing. If he recommends any punishment, Churchills lawyer has warned, Churchill will file a civil rights lawsuit.
Our advice? Fire Ward Churchill and let him sue. So what if he wins? You will have done the right thing.
The conclusion one must draw from such examples isn’t that every institution has its bad apples but rather that, at least in the liberal arts in America, moral turpitude and political hucksterism pervades higher education.
Radical criminals with questionable academic credentials flourish in a milieu that bristles with hostility toward real scholars who don’t toe the party linewitness the case of former Harvard President Lawrence Summers.
Individuals with prison records or FBI rap sheets don’t get into major educational institutions because they fudge their resumes.
They get in because they share the political dogmas of those who hire themand they flourish for the same reason.
Ward Churchill is a footnote.
The tenure system is the problem. It is a way for kooks, cranks, and radicals to pack up and be safe from firing. The effect is to legitimize bogus disciplines like "Womens Studies" and "Prefered Subgroup Studies" and their radical Professors as a tumor on Universities.
“...Churchill thus represents the reductio ad absurdum of the contemporary university’s willingness to subordinate all other values to affirmative action.
When such a grotesque fraud - a white man pretending to be an Indian, an intellectual charlatan spewing polemical garbage festooned with phony footnotes, a shameless demagogue fabricating imaginary historical incidents to justify his pathological hatreds, an apparent plagiarist who steals and distorts the work of real scholars - manages to scam his way into a full professorship at what is still a serious research university, we know the practice of affirmative action has hit rock bottom ...”
— Paul Campos:
Unfortunately, The University of Colorado and Academia writ large are not footnotes. Their behavior in this sorry episode, was even worse than Mr. Churchill’s. And who will hold them to account? Politicians and prosecutors show no eagerness to take on this massive fraud. Parents keep pouring their hard earned money into this bottomless pit, not for the education, but rather for the piece of paper that will get their children on the HOV lane to success. The media are born of this morass, so don’t hold your breath that they will do anything. I think that the students are our only hope. Perhaps they will get fed up and drag these phonies out into the street and give them the justice they deserve.
Now that they’re both out of the limelight, I wonder if he and Mother Sheehan are dating.
But....he’s a good painter.
New Ward Churchill Art Discovered ..."Fake but Accurate"...
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the students, he had a whole flock of the little mush brains supporting him.
Fake red man bump.
Fire Ward Churchill and let him sue. So what if he wins?.....says it all.....
this fake (anti-american anti-semetic) native american has nothing positive to profess...let him go to some America hating nation and inculcate his traitorous beliefs to students in those schools...just like he does at CU!!!!!
Sadly, you are likely right.
Ward Churchill is a footnote.
Footnote? Old Ward doesn’t know what that is!
Actually not. They had more than sufficient grounds to fire Churchill long since, if they really wanted to.
If you did away with the tenure system, the results are entirely predictable. The leftist scum who control the levers of power at most universities would promptly fire all the remaining conservatives and decent teachers.
As it is now, a conservative professor is merely required to keep a low profile and keep his opinions to himself for maybe fifteen years, while he gets through college, graduate school, and tenure.
Then if there's anything still left inside his head after that long hibernation, he can start to say what he thinks--although he will suffer for it at salary and promotion time.
Do away with tenure and there would be no one left in academia but the politically correct morons who are currently running things.
“Individuals with prison records or FBI rap sheets dont get into
major educational institutions because they fudge their resumes.
They get in because they share the political dogmas of those who hire themand they flourish for the same reason.”
Here’s profiles on two cases-in-point (thanks to David Horowitz
and Front Page Mag):
People like Ward Churchill remind us that there are the phony and the authentic — which brings down everything that is phony and can no longer stand the test of authenticity and the truth.
That’s also how the mainstream media began to fall — when the Jaysun Blairs rocketed to the top of the journalism world, along with the Dan Rathers, Chris Mathews, Keith Olbermanns, Rosie O’Donnells, and all these false idols of mass media. Those institutions lose credibility and become supplanted by something better, something real, something worthwhile and enduring.
It was overdue for the schools and universities that commanded a blank check from government and communities. There are better ways of performing those functions of transmitting information in this age — rather than doing it in the traditional manner of pretentious scholarship and credentials.
So it’s really not a bad thing — but a necessary and inevitable thing for these people to be exposed. The truly worthy will always be few — and capable of proving themselves, and not simply because they’ve earned the lifetime right not be to have their authority challenged ever again no matter how much they abuse that trust.
What is interesting is to see all the other con-artists and mediocrities rallying to his defense as though they can’t tell the difference — and want nobody else to.