I'm really beginning to wonder about Arizona Republic columnist Doug MacEachern's sanity.
Yesterday, I pointed out that MacEachern was regurgitating Glenn Beck's conspiratorial leftovers, wailing like a stuck javelina that controversial former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill was present when student activists took over a Tucson Unified School District board meeting in April.
MacEachern implied that Churchill was somehow part of the planning for the protest.
"Churchill did not simply happen to be in Tucson that day," MacEachern writes.
Contacted by me for a response, Churchill explained he had deep ties to the area, and was at the meeting to support the cause.
Today I learn that MacEachern finally did what he should have done from jump: He e-mailed Churchill.
Below is the e-mail exchange between the two men. Churchill cc'd me on the last response. I did not reorder or edit what was sent to me.
I've e-mailed and called both MacEachern and the Rep's editorial page editor Phil Boas, who was also cc'd on some of this. Neither man has responded as of yet.
Clearly, MacEachern is in need of some serious medication. In his blog post about Churchill the other day, MacEachern says he saw the "same man" (meaning Churchill) "boarding a flight from Phoenix to Detroit two days later, on Thursday, April 28."
You can read what Churchill had to say about this below.
At one point in that same post, MacEachern identifies someone who "looks very much like Churchill" in a video of the student takeover.
Later, he simply asserts that Churchill was there, which he was.
Is this just poor writing or the initial symptoms of schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, or both? I wouldn't be surprised if MacEachern sees Churchill under his bed, in his closet, behind his mirror, in his dreams...
Butterfly nets, anyone?
Of his e-mail exchange with MacEachern, Churchill had this to say:
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"Do continue to make it clear that I'm disavowing neither the protest(s) nor the protestors. My support in that regard is unequivocal. But it's insulting to them, to say the least, to contend, as MacEachem does, that they needed me to organize any part their struggle for them."
BTW, whatever you may think of Churchill, as you peruse the following, you'll note that Churchill possesses something MacEachern definitely lacks. A sense of humor.
|Date:||Wednesday - May 18, 2011 9:24 AM|
|Subject:||RE: Dead Horses|
I've already answered this question, Doug. Is your grasp of the English language really so feeble that there's something about the word "nobody" you can't understand?|
It means I didn't meet with anyone "prior to the meeting." Period. Sending me lists of names and groups won't change that reality in the least.
Moreover, I never used the word "primarily" to qualify my reasons for being in Tucson. What I told you was I was there for personal reasons. Period. Trying to put words in my mouth, or to otherwise twist what I said, won't change that reality either.
That said, I'm done with you. Run along and report to your little heart's content on all my nonexistent "contacts" and meetings, imaginary airplane flights, and so on. Toss in a couple of UFO sightings, my ranking position among the Illuminati, and my role as triggerman in the JFK assassination while you're at it.
Any of these propositions is as valid as the next, so why not go whole hog?
--- On Tue, 5/17/11, MacEachern, Doug
From: MacEachern, Doug
Again, thanks for getting back.
I'm interested in know who, if anyone, you were in contact with
From: Ward Churchill
In any case, what I said was that I "met with" nobody in Tucson, as in, I did not attend or participate in any meetings (unless, of course, you want to describe my participation in the protest as attendance at the school board meeting)
--- On Tue, 5/17/11, MacEachern, Doug
From: Ward Churchill [email@example.com]
But, hey, that's no fun, is it? So, in the spirit of the fable about my boarding a flight to Detroit at the Phoenix airport -- it would be even cooler if you had Abbie Hoffman sitting in the adjoining seat -- try this: I had a series of secret meetings at the Best Western on Speedway with Jan Brewer and some bozo Republican legislator from Mesa (you can surely put a name to that one on your own). As a result, my company now has a no-bid contract to locate all those headless corpses Brewer claimed were littering the desert down there.
Have Yourself a Really Nice Day,
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