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Sunday, October 27, 2002
6:18 PM

Bellesiles Coverage.. in mainstream media is scant. InstaGlenn notes this Associated Press rendition that appears in the New York Times. At least it's longer than this minuscule "wire service" brief on page A11 in the Washington Post, which is so brief I can run all of it without consuming more than a handful of electrons:

Professor Resigns at Emory After Panel Questions His Book on Guns

ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor resigned after an academic panel skewered the research for his controversial book, "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," about the history of guns in the United States.

Michael Bellesiles, a history professor, said in a statement that he "cannot continue to teach in what I feel is a hostile environment."

The 40-page report concluded that Bellesiles was "guilty of unprofessional and misleading work" in his research. It was written by scholars from Harvard, Princeton and the University of Chicago, and was released on Friday. The report said Bellesiles's failure to cite sources for crucial data "does move into the realm of 'falsification.' " Bellesiles denied fabricating evidence or evading scholarly responsibility.

His book contends that early Americans did not own or use firearms in great numbers.

That's it. Apply the "if tables were turned" test as an amusing thought experiment. Rinse and repeat.

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