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Announcing The New Ward Churchill

Reported by Deborah - February 17, 2005

Francisco Gil-White an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania has taken the place of Ward Churchill on H&C tonight.
Hannity led viewers to believe that Gil-White was losing his job because he claimed that 9-11 was an inside job and Milosovic was framed by NATO."How far should academic freedom go,"asked Hannity in one of the teases. As always on FNC, the truth wasn't that simple or exactly that clear.

Francisco Gil-White claimed that he was being fired because he defended Israel and as a teacher of the Psychology of Ethnicity, he had come out against the racial bias found in scholastic tests.
According to The Daily Pennsylvanian in an article on January 19, Gil-Whites psych class was not included in the credited course list this semester. However, because of it's popularity, it was offered as a non credit course to satisfy requests.

Gil-White went on to describe some very complicated intrigue on campus involving a political science professor, Ian Lustig, who was instrumental in his job loss.Ian Lustig is somehow connected to the U.S. intelligence community and according to Gil-White,Lustig objected to his stand on Israel. The University claims that they simply did not renew his contract for other reasons.

Then Hannity jumped in and the confusion was never cleared up because Hannity did his usual mindless confrontation."Did you say 9-11 was an inside job?" Unfortunatly, Gil-White didn't know that Hannity wouldn't let him explain a thing, so he continued to try to give his side of the story but the segment ended while he was mid sentence."Nobody has ever objected to anything I've said," was one of his last complete thoughts.

Comment: Hannity would love to turn Francisco Gil-White into another example of an anti american academic who deserves to be thrown to the wolves. However, this is the University of Pennsylvania where diversity and full spectrum thinking is encouraged. The jury is still out on this story until the facts are in. It could get interesting.

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