Phi Beta Cons

Yale’s Smitten with a Smearer

Yale is said to be about to hire the oratorically gifted Middle East “historian” Juan (“We don’t give a rat’s *** what Ahmadinejad thinks about European history or what ******* speech the little **** gives”) Cole.

According to Joel Mowbray, Cole, when challenged about his various shortcomings, mindlessly “smears” instead of debating, and plays loose with facts. For example, in an antiwar column, he contended that the Middle East Media Research Institute is possibly receiving large funding from Israeli military intelligence. Unable to document his assertion, he had no choice but to admit his error.
 

And on what did Cole blame reports that laws mandating Jews and other religious minorities wear distinguishing badges were being discussed in Iran? “Black psy-ops operation,” he said, suggesting that these stories were fabricated to discredit Ahmadinejad. 

Time to distinguish scholarship from smears, Yale.

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