Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
[Ed: The following entry was reposted from the Campus Watch blog post, "National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn Misrepresents Campus Watch, Others"]
In an uninformed entry at the blog Huffington Post, Marjorie Cohn, a professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and president of the National Lawyers Guild, misrepresents Campus Watch.
Cohn's subject is University of California at Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake's ham-fisted hiring of Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinsky to become the first dean of UCI's new law school. Drake withdrew his offer of employment not long after he made it, an act that caused outrage across the political spectrum. This afternoon, UCI announced that Chemerinsky was in fact becoming dean after all.
In an error-filled post, Cohn does her best to put a negative spin on CW's founding (which occurred five years ago tomorrow):
Campus Watch is not a "blacklisting" site. For fewer than two weeks in September, 2002, it posted the dossiers of professors whose apologias for Islamists was but a part of their overall efforts to politicize the field of Middle East Studies. CW removed these dossiers after they had served their purpose, and has not posted any since then. In fact, CW critiques Middle East studies with the aim of improving them. Had Cohn taken an even cursory look at CW's site, she might have avoided this error. Then again, it's much easier to make sweeping generalizations than to engage in a bit of research. As I wrote just a few days ago, CW has neither the capacity nor the desire to threaten anyone's freedom of speech. How, precisely, could we accomplish such a grand scheme?
Not content with misrepresenting Campus Watch, Cohn does the same with two other organizations:
Her assertions contains three more errors or misrepresentations:
With so many errors in such a short post, and from the president of the National Lawyers Guild, no less, it is little wonder that Cohn and so many of her peers hold such a skewed worldview. Accuracy matters, and a bit of research would have put it within her grasp. If Cohn's as sloppy in her lawyering as she is in blogging, I'd choose to represent myself in court before I relied on her to defend me.
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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