Speaking of willful ignorance: in a column in Chronicle of Higher Education, Marc Bousquet ignores entire mountain ranges of evidence in order to baldly assert
Professor Ward Churchill's innocence. This serves as an excuse to thump the tub for the latest issue of Works and Days, to which both Churchill and Bousquet are contributors.
Churchill’s campus process was wrongly decided in the fallout of a political witch hunt, featuring a faculty committee that generated spurious charges of “plagiarism” and “research misconduct” that will not bear the scrutiny of history (nor, one hopes, the district court).
Well, Bousquet, the findings of that committee have held up well for many months now, despite the comic efforts of every shitpot academic on Churchill's Facebook friends list. Disgusting; self-delusion in an academic should be a capital offense.
(ht PB reader Orson Buggeigh, who notes the odd—though probably justified—disappearing of several of Snapple's comments to Bousquet's column)
Update: In the CHE comments section Professor Thomas Brown eats Bousquet's lunch. Someone calling himself "Marc" (who may or may not be Bousquet) responds with the following:
Churchill is a fraud and a fool in my view, and his termination was the result of full review by faculty and he had all the protections of due process. But his offenses were investigated as a result of a political firestorm. I don’t think that negates the legitimacy of his termination, but it is at least an interesting situation.