Why I Fired Professor Churchill

Hank Brown, President of University of Colorado has fired Ward Churchill. Churchill is the hack who called the 9/11 victims “little Eichmanns”, quite the soul of class there, Mr Churchill.

You can read the story from President Brown’s perspective on the Wall Street Journal site today.

You can see that it was found that Mr. Churchill was not punished for his egregious statements, but for what the committees found concerning his academic publication record:

The panels found that Mr. Churchill rewrote history to fit his own theories. When confronted, he asserted he was not responsible. According to one report, “Professor Churchill has, on more than one occasion, claimed that certain acts that appear to have been his were instead the responsibility of some other actor: his editor or publisher, his assistant, or his former wife and collaborator.” The report goes on to note that “we have come to see these claims as emblems of a recurrent refusal to take responsibility for errors . . . and a willingness to blame others for his troubles.”

He was not fired for his words because they were protect speech, but they are evidence of a mind twisted by evil thoughts. I’m torn over the free speech issue though.

I think I agree that he should not be fired for his words based on the fact that technically he’s an employee of the government, being a state school professor. But for private citizens working at private schools I would support his being kicked out on his can based on his words alone. This brings up a thought though: Should the government even be in the field of higher education? Or even education at all? If the government cannot fire those who would abuse their positions spouting nonsense and harmful evil words with equal impunity, why should we trust them to be able to protect the minds of the new generations?

What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Why I Fired Professor Churchill”

  1. “I think I agree that he should not be fired for his words based on the fact that technically he’s an employee of the government, being a state school professor.”

    IF they chose to slit his throat I would grieve. Live by the sword and die by the sword. He is a preverted sycophant. I would think his liberty to spew lies to students would be curtailed more being on the public dollar. He writes books and that is freedom of speech, I don’t agree that the state should compensate him for it. Not at the taxpayers expense…..steve

  2. Thanks for the clarity on this. I think most assumed it was his bizarre comments that got him fired. It appears that this whole thing was handled very well – albeit a little slowly.

    I’m with Steve on the taxpayer thing.

  3. “What do you think?”

    He was fired for the right reasons- his academic work was pure crap. It is just a shame that no one caught on sooner. As a historian I can tell you that I put a certain level of trust in another’s work that they are citing source accurately (not to mention the assumption that they haven’t made up their source). When you consider that I read over 1,000 pages some weeks with thousands upon thousands of citations, I can’t go back and check over every citation in each book I read.

    It is about time academics policed their own. I don’t mind simple errors, but blatant falsehoods and intentionally misleading citations should warrant dismissal- tenure or not.

  4. Thanks for the comments Steve, Neil and John.
    Yea I’d heard about his Native American “credentials” being suspect recently, and I’d seen an article here and there regarding his academic (dis)honesty, but I’m very glad they canned this guy.

    I’m a recent (with a little more to go) college student who has had to stand his share of liberal, opinionated, ignorant, and even sometime downright stupid professors. I don’t wish these fools on anybody and every one they sack means hundreds of students have a better chance of developing a realistic and productive view of the world.

  5. Your article reminds me of a movie I saw about Steven Glass who was a journalist for the New Republic. He falsified many of his writings and made up sources to cover his tracks. All his work was fact checked and rechecked and still they didn’t know. Finally one of his articles was scrutinized and they ended up firing him and he never worked as a journalist again (or atleast that is the impression I got from the movie).

    Anyway, I think we will see more and more inaccuracies in college books and other materials as the years go on. It’s sad that it has come to this. Thanks for your article…very good thoughts.

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