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We were out for the evening, but apparently tonight's Hannity and Colmes featured the handiwork of Morton Blackwell - a student graduate of [dun, dun, duuuun...] The Leadership Institute.

How do I know?  Because I masochistically signed up for the LI newsletter.

They sent out an email telling subscribers to watch tonight as another LI-trained pseudo-journalist seeks sympathy in the arms of the right-wing spin machine as she refuses to accept the consequences of her own unethical journalistic practices.

[email below the fold]

Dear Friend of the Leadership Institute,

Tonight, Thursday, May 19, Sean Hannity plans to feature a college student member of one of LI's 439 active conservative student groups in our Campus Leadership Program. You can see her on "Hannity and Colmes" at 9:00 pm EST.

Once again, leftist professors and college administrators are attacking a conservative student days before graduation.

This travesty of justice is occurring at Wells College in upstate New York.

Nicole Krogman, wrote an article for Onyx, a campus newspaper at Wells College. Nicole used some of the language from this article in another article she wrote in the Cornell American, where she works as an editor.

Nicole told my staff that school officials "suspended" her from the school. They charged her with plagiarism for the absurd reason that she did not cite herself as the author of the article that she wrote for the Cornell American.

Nicole is a senior at Wells College. She expected to graduate this month. Now she can't. Wells College does not graduate students in the winter. As a result of the attacks by the left, she cannot graduate until next spring.

Even worse, because the school forced her out of her classes so late in the semester, she cannot get any portion of her tuition refunded. What malicious people you and I are fighting on campus.

Your LI staff are working closely with Nicole to help her in effective ways.

You are encouraged to tune into "Hannity and Colmes" tonight, Thursday, May 19, at 9:00 pm EST and see another outrageous example of how the left persecutes conservatives on campus.


Morton C. Blackwell


The Leadership Institute

Originally posted to mataliandy on Thu May 19, 2005 at 09:14 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  No body that (none)
    doesn't want to throw up should ever watch that sit.
  •  In answer to your title question, (none)
    no, thank God, I did not.

    Good to have further evidence that their standards are all that I imagine them to be.  Without ever putting myself through the agony of actually watching.

  •  Tell her (4.00)
    to go to her local recruitment office.  I hear they can help fake diplomas.
  •  Saw it. (4.00)
    Knowing that Hatity likes to pre-coach his guests, I was wondering why he didn't tell her that
    • she should probably comb her hair.
    • she should try to keep both eyes going the same direction.
    • when asked her GPA, saying "about a 3-Oh" really sounds like a 2.7.

    Truthfully, as much as Saun set the segment up as another consevative coed getting screwed by a liberal professor, she came across as someone who didn't complete an assignment and is attempting to lay blame elsewhere.
  •  Thanx for this Diary (4.00)
    Looks as though they're scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel. It is heartening to learn that a point has been reached where there are so few Stooge candidates they can't afford to miss a single one.

    Made my day.

  •  Footage of Hannity coaching guest (none)
    on ifilm.
    (Couldn't get it play, so I haven't seen it personally.)
  •  The Cornell American (4.00)
    I am a student at Cornell, and Cornell has a very large student body.  Apparently large enough for 2 student right-wing newspapers, despite the fact that Cornell is overwhelmingly liberal.  The two right-wing newspapers are the Cornell Review and the Cornell American.  Each publish about once a month.  The Review is a somewhat intelligent newspaper with sometimes serious analysis on local and national politics from a conservative viewpoint.  The American is a group of far-right whackjobs trying as hard as they can to offend people.  Many Cornell students are convinced that the American is actually a group of liberals who are just trying to make conservatives look bad.  However, the cast of the American are actual conservatives, who are intentionally over the top.  But many of them do not go to Cornell.  Like in this example, it was a Wells student.

    The point I'm trying to make is anyone who writes for the Cornell American is not trying to engage in a serious discourse, and should not be taken seriously.  Google "Cornell American" to see what I mean.  If she had wanted to engange is serious political discourse, then she would have written for the Review.

  •  When Repugs found out that Melody Townsel (none)
    did (years ago) what this student did, they called Townsel -- correctly, it would seem, since she admitted it -- a plagiarist.  And her testimony in the Bolton hearings became moot.

    But when a conservative student does the same thing, she is a hero of the same Repugs -- and a reason to attack universities, administrators as well as professors whose profession requires them (see AAUP guidelines) to take just such steps to penalize students for plagiarism.

    If I have understood this convoluted story correctly, I applaud Cornell for standing firm against plagiarism.  (And because it is a fine school, and because no school even half as good would take such a step without many steps before it, including legal counsel, I tend to believe Cornell knows what it's doing -- and Hannity and Colmes don't.)

    "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

    by Cream City on Fri May 20, 2005 at 12:04:51 AM PDT

    •  Oops, sorry, I meant Wells College (none)
      which, from its website, also seems to a fully accredited, fine school -- another just as unlikely to invoke a suspension without full legal support.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Fri May 20, 2005 at 12:09:56 AM PDT

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      •  And here's more: she failed to pass three courses (4.00)

        says she was suspended by determination of a body of students as well as faculty, apparently not so much because of plagiarism but because she did not complete work in three courses -- a fairly standard rule, usually meaning a suspension of a semester (depending upon how many times the student has incurred such academic troubles), after which the student can return, complete or repeat work, graduate, etc.  

        Ms. Krogman is said to have said that she didn't agree with the deadline set by a professor to complete the work in a course.  (Hint: the time to agree on deadlines in an independent study course is not near the end of a semester; it is at the start . . . or take another course.)

        In sum, I think this means she triggered an academic "nuclear option," as it were -- or perhaps two, if the plagiarism story is true, too.  And we all know how much it matters if the losing side disagrees with a "nuclear option."

        And in this case, I would doubt that there was a sudden change in the rules to allow this nuclear option.  I suspect they're in the Wells College catalog, student handbook, etc.

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Fri May 20, 2005 at 12:22:04 AM PDT

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  •  So, the accusation is that she plagiarized herself (none)
    is this newspaper for course credit? if it is, then she reused work and that is plagiarism, getting caught using the same assignment twice is probably rare so I can see why they would punish severely for it.  if not, then I don't see it as plagiarism.

    I'm not finding anything on this, as I see it she either plagiarized, or didn't plagiarize, and that has nothing to do with her being a wingnut.

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