Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Sound of Silence

A few days ago I described how one of the most noxious terrorist cheerleaders and all-around buffoons in academia, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, has been caught with his pants down in a plagiarism scandal. Seems that this jughead swiped from an article a Jordanian academic wrote in 1994. Naughty! FrontPage Magazine and the Solomania Blog broke the story, and as usual there was no media civerage.

A reader points out the contrast between the media indifference to this scandal and the furor that erupted over a similar transgression involving a commencement address by Bryan Le Beau of the University of Missouri. The latter has swept over academia like a tsunami, picked up by the Chronicle of Higher Education and newspapers, while Khalidi has gotten no attention at all. Makes you wonder, this reader notes, what the media is afraid of. Good point.

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