May 13, 2007

Profs file countercharges against Churchill investigating committee

Well, they said they would. The komedy kut-ups over at the Ward Churchill Solidarity Net have it. The main charges by the nine profs against the committee:
  • relying on a biased and flawed source for major arguments;

  • improper exclusion of reputable independent sources that contradict the Report's argument;
  • suppressing text from a cited source that contradicts the Report's argument;

  • excluding valid scholarly interpretations at variance with the Reports [ sic] claims;

  • rhetorically exaggerating the strength of the case against Professor Churchill.
  • These charges revolve, of course, around blood quantum, John Smith, and the Mandan. Reading through the " evidentiary packet" I noticed my favorite, that the committee wrongly excluded a speech by Mandan leader Four Bears in support of Churchill's "infected blanket" charge--a speech for which there is no contemporaneous evidence.

    So, nothing new, but as PB (who had it first!) says, it'll muddy up the waters ahead of Churchill's suit against CU. It might even stall his firing. And how edifying, the spectacle of two groups of CU faculty coming to death grips (or such grippings as faculty can manage). Mission accomplished, CU President Hank Brown!

    posted by jgm @ 5:12 PM