June 27, 2006

When a 4-year old does it

It's annoying as hell, but when a grown man and alleged academic does it, I become enraged.

What am I talking about? Simple. Failure to accept responsibility for your actions.

Yeah, yeah. I realize I should be all jaded and "oh, but civilization has sunk so low what do you expect," yadda yadda yadda, but I refuse to go gently into this particular good night, dammit.

So let's get this straight. A year-long academic inquiry finds that a professor has plagiarized and fabricated substantial amounts of his research. The professor is fired. Who is at fault?

Why, the university of course! The public at large! The evil philistines who don't understand the greatness that is the professor! The evil political cabal who just wants to silence his brave dissent! Anyone, in short, except the psuedo-intellect in question, who--by the way--PLAGIARIZED AND FABRICATED HIS RESEARCH!

And he's gonna sue until they agree with him, golly gosh darn it!

Yeah, Ward Churchill again.

That annoying buzzing sound you hear in the background? Me, grinding my teeth down to a fine powder in a fit of rage.

True, the university of Colorado should never have hired him, as any research into his background and qualifications would have raised several red flags. But so what? Just because you can pull a con-job during the hiring process doesn't mean you should. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling teenagers--oops, I mean if it weren't for his inability to follow the first rule of thumb for con-artists: stay below the radar.

Plus, the cabal of anti-Churchill conspirators didn't write his papers--actually, he didn't either, apparently. He cheated, he got caught, and he got the grown-up equivalent of time out. And so now he's throwing the grown-up equivalent of a tantrum, and so out of the goodness of my heart I will share these words of wisdom in the form of a letter to our errant ex-academic:

Dear Ward:

Grow the hell up.


And as for the cries of "it was politically motivated!" that resonate throughout Inside Higher Ed and the AAUP--Irony is holding for you guys on line one.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at June 27, 2006 01:51 PM

Heck, Churchill doesn't have to worry, he'll be a star on the academic lecture circuit -- at 10K a pop -- for the next twenty years. What UC should do is sue *him* for part of his future income on the grounds that they made it all possible.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at June 27, 2006 06:56 PM

You have a devious mind, PfP.

I like it.

Posted by: BAW at June 27, 2006 08:49 PM

And of course, Churchill's defense to the UC suit would have to be that he brought it all on himself.... ;^)

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock at June 28, 2006 06:56 AM