Monday, February 14, 2005

Ward Churchill not only imflammatory leftist, but also plagiarist?

Ward Churchill, the faux-Indian tenured professor at Colorado University who said that 9/11 was justified and its victims "Little Eichmanns" – a reference to notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann – is in hot water. Seems not only is he a liar about his Indian heritage, but he's also a plagiarist, too. Full story here.

Here's my prediction, and I'm not going out on much of a limb with this: CU will fire him, but only for the plagiarism. They've been toiling internally as to whether or not he should be fired for his inflammatory 9/11 rhetoric, and had thought about using "public safety concerns" as a reason to cut him loose. Well, since plagiarism is usually a quick one-way ticket out of a university, this gives the university a reason/excuse to dismiss him. That way, if Churchill makes good on his promise to sue CU for his dismissal, he'll have no leg to stand on if they argue "plagiarism", right?

Kind of a cowardly approach by CU, but it gives them the best of all worlds: he gets fired, they get to avoid losing a lawsuit, and they can tell other leftist intellectuals that CU is still committed to free speech and thought and will still welcome them...since, after all, WC wasn't fired for his views, but for his big no-no copyjob!