- The Washington Times - Friday, May 19, 2006

Nobles: Bill Cosby, who brought his message of self-reliance and responsibility to Washington this week.

Critics are attacking Mr. Cosby for supposedly anti-religious comments he made Tuesday at the University of the District of Columbia. But Mr. Cosby said nothing of the sort. “I have no problem with Jesus or God,” he told the audience. “I have a problem with people sitting there and saying that Jesus and God will find a way. I have a problem with Christian men who won’t dress up and go down and confront the drug dealers.”

Harsh as it may be, Mr. Cosby’s message certainly deserves a wider audience. A couple years ago, he offended politically correct sensibilities for going after black teen-agers for speaking poorly. On Tuesday, he continued that theme by comparing school-children of his generation who had to fight for the right to attend school, and today’s “knuckleheads [who] don’t want to accept that they have to study to get an education.”

Speak on, Mr. Cosby. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear.

For pushing his message of tough love, Mr. Cosby is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: Ward Churchill, who isn’t even an honest America-basher.

When Mr. Churchill, who is a professor at the University of Colorado, equated September 11 victims to Nazis, his supporters defended his words ad nauseam on the grounds that he can’t be fired for exercising his right to free speech, yadda yadda. The controversy even helped Mr. Churchill’s formerly obscure academic career, as he traveled the speakers’ circuit collecting fat paychecks. For such a harsh critic of capitalism, that’s not too bad.

But the party appears to be over. An inquiry into Mr. Churchill’s scholarship launched by the university has just concluded that he’s basically a fraud. From the Associated Press: “The committee’s 125-page report said Churchill falsified, fabricated and plagiarized some of his research, did not always comply with standards for listing other authors’ names and failed to follow accepted practice for reporting results.” One committee member recommended Mr. Churchill be fired, while the other four recommended suspension.

Perhaps now Mr. Churchill can disappear into the fever swamps of the left, where no doubt he’ll always be welcome.

For the victims he slandered and the students he fooled, Mr. Churchill is the Knave of the week.

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