Phi Beta Cons

Poshard Spice

Nine years ago on the pages of National Review, I covered Glenn Poshard’s campaign — he was a Democratic congressman seeking to become the governor of Illinois. He lost, though Illinois might have been well served by his victory: The guy who beat him, Republican George Ryan, eventually was convicted on multiple corruption charges. We at NR were interested in Poshard because he was that rarest of things: a pro-life Democrat.
Poshard is now president of Southern Illinois University, and he’s coming under his own ethical cloud: He’s accused of plagiarizing portions of his Ph.D. thesis.
The allegations against Poshard were first reported in the SIU student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian, which is of course a great name for a student newspaper. Here’s a one-page document comparison (pdf file).

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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