Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Insta-Equivocation

One would think that somebody who has tenure might be sensitive to the notions of academic freedom. But ERNEST T. BASS, ESQ is long past such metaphysical thoughts -- it is just all will-to-power now.

For example, there is this:

WARD CHURCHILL says he's not an Indian. "Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity, admitting that he is not Native American. . . . 'Let's cut to the chase; I am not,' he said."

Of course, it turns out -- as the original source notes -- the quote is completely and utterly false.

And how is it corrected by Reynolds, after the "heh"?

Like this:

WARD CHURCHILL MISQUOTED? This report from the Denver Post says so, and that he didn't actually admit that he's not Indian. As I noted below, I got an email from a journalist working on the story who raised that possibility last night.

UPDATE: Here's the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's correction. Churchill's claims about the Keetoowah band's policies seem inconsistent with what I've read elsewhere, but no doubt those who are following this story more closely than I am will get to the bottom of that.

That's a correction without a correction.


Of course, Academic Freedom me but not for thee should be spread across Instapundit's masthead.

For example, he can always, I guess, wave the black shirt:

I'm sure that somebody could catalog a whole series of statements arguably as bad as Churchill's at that site.

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