Update (31March09): We remain unable to confirm this rumorrhoid; it appears to be incorrect.
In the comments section to yesterday's Race To The Bottom morning session post, Professor Thomas Brown directly refutes Lane's ludicrous Rocky-CU conspiracy theory:
"Lane's conspiracy theory is entirely speculative. I was the person who contacted Paul Campos in the first week of February 2005. I told him about how I discovered that Churchill had fabricated the Army smallpox blanket incident, and I gave him the cite to John LaVelle's article. He published that in the Rocky on February 8. No one from CU ever solicited anything from me."
Drunkablog, who yesterday had a computer *cough*attack of laziness*cough* malfunction, highlights a Salt Lake Tribune column contrasting Churchill with a real scholar.
Money quote from the SLT column:
To fight American racism, which was built upon fantasy and deception, minorities needed to keep a steady grip on their only real weapon: the truth. And that's precisely the lesson that seems to have eluded Ward Churchill.
|Face The State has a good take on Teh Trial:|
|Yeah, we know Churchill's the plaintiff in Teh Trial, but it wasn't us who made the case all about Churchill's fraud.|
While lengthily not gloating at length over the certain defeat of CU in Teh Trial, Churchill's dog, Benjie actually makes a salient point (emphasis ours):
Here’s the biggest factor [working against CU defense attorney Patrick O'Rourke], and the one I’ve enjoyed the most. See, most of the people who hate Churchill hate Churchill as a symbol of something else. So, Vincent Carroll and the bloggers see him as perfectly emblematic of what they consider the worst excesses of identity politics and postmodernism (which they don’t seem to have a real good grasp of). So, they’re always using Churchill to try to prove the general corruption of Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory. The problem being, that they’re kinda on the fringe on this one. They’re never gonna find a jury that even knows much of what these things are, let alone that gives a shit. Moreover, they’ve painted themselves into an impossible corner, in that if Churchill is emblematic of a certain kind of academic corruption, than ipso facto, what he’s doing is by definition accepted practice within those areas of study.