Saturday, March 12, 2005


Where's The Whole Story?

On page 4A of today's SAEN is a story about University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill who once characterized victims of 9/11 as "little Eichmanns." Much has come out about Mr. Churchill since this story broke, and oddly enough all of it is missing from the SAEN story (hat tip: SAEN Watch reader ELB). Ward Churchill sells art that he copies from other artists:
An exclusive report by CBS4 News indicates embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill may have broken copyright law by making a mirror image of an artist's work and selling it as his own.

Placing Churchill's work beside that of renowned artist Thomas E. Mails and the two look like mirror images. But one is a copyrighted drawing. The other is an autographed print by Churchill.

According to the Washington Post, the negotiations that the SAEN reports on today broke down after Churchill was accused of plagiarizing the work of another professor:
Settlement talks between the University of Colorado and professor Ward Churchill, who compared some Sept. 11, 2001, victims to a Nazi broke down Friday after the Rocky Mountain News reported that Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia had accused Churchill of plagiarizing the work of one of its professors eight years ago.

The SAEN wants you to feel sorry for Ward Churchill. The SAEN wants you to think Churchill's free speech rights are being trampled on, and so the SAEN won't report the whole story. Shame on them.
This is a perfect example of why you cannot rely on any newspaper for national or international news. There is much better analysis and balance on the internet.
I only read the SAEN for state and local issues, because I don't know of any other source for this.
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