We've posted about this before, but it bears repeating: Professor Thomas Brown's "Ward Churchill’s Twelve Excuses for Plagiarism" (pdf; ht a tiny little birdy)
We've come into possession of a copy of Ward Churchill's chapter, "The Myth of Academic Freedom", from the book What Is Wrong with Academia Today?: Essays on the Politicization of American Education (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008) We're reading it now; our first impression is that for $119.95 (list price), one would expect much better proof-reading (seriously, the chapter is as overwrought with typos as it is with Churchill's compulsive footnoting). We'll post further impressions as we encounter them. BTW: with a nary a hint of irony, the book is subtitled "Essays on the Politicization of American Education."
Update: Sadly, throughout nearly 70 pages (pp. 135-204, all overwrought with footnotes, as usual [for the record, there are 268 footnotes to this chapter]) recounting his version of the debacle, Churchill repeats what he's said before, adding no new embellishments to his already fantastic version of events. Churchill repeats, for example (and almost verbatim), a claim he made a couple of years ago concerning his portrayal of the 1837 Mandan smallpox epidemic, to whit:
"[...] I've obtained the satisfaction of confirming not only that was I right in every essential of what I wrote/said about the "Fort Clark Episode," but that the reality of what happened there was actually much worse than I've contended."
And in the obligatory footnote to this assertion, he further claims:
"I am currently preparing a major essay rebutting each of the points raised by my critics and setting forth the new evidence I've uncovered."
Since The Perfesser thus far has failed to deliver on a single promise, we may be excused if we decline to hold our breath.This iteration, however, does have a new tone to it—it reads like the sulky tirade of a bitter old drunk, featuring The Perfesser wrapt in the regalia of the August & Impeccably-Degreed Scholar who proceeds to impugn lesser academics (we assume he considers all academics lesser, but Churchill singles out professors Thomas Brown and John LaVelle as the primary recipients of his petty snides) who have dared to disagree with him. We also got some chuckles out of his characterization of us as "a conspicuously unscholarly Colorado horse-breeder" (pp. 183), which we'll guess is a step up from "two bloggers and a New Jersey cop." Another (ironic) chuckle is in the footnotes accompanying his spittle-flecked rant on PB: the tryworks blog is cited several times; tryworks, of course, has been disappeared by its author (a former CU adjunct professor) at least twice, and the pages Churchill cites no longer exist.
Update II: For background (and responses to most of the assertions Churchill continues to make with this new book chapter), see our "Footnoted Fallacies," and our compendium of links to "Scholarly (and Not So Scholarly) Refutations."
Update III: Okay, we've finished reading the chapter, and here's a synopsis [you're welcome] of what The Perfesser says: "Some of the stuff I wrote isn't as naughty as some have made it out to be; those guys are knuckleheads, anyway; lots of people have done the same or worse, and been rewarded."