Another true hero of the blogs gets shafted by neoconservatives:
'Juan Cole, one of the country’s top Middle East scholars, was poised for the biggest step of his career.
A tenured professor at the University of Michigan, Cole was tapped earlier this year by a Yale University search committee to teach about the modern Middle East. In two separate votes in May, Cole was approved by both the sociology and history departments, the latter the university’s largest.
The only remaining hurdle was the senior appointments committee, also known as the tenure committee, a group consisting of about a half-dozen professors from various disciplines across the university.
Last week, however, in what is shaping up as the latest in a series of heated battles over the political affiliations of Middle Eastern studies professors, the tenure committee voted down Cole’s nomination. Several Yale faculty members described the decision to overrule the votes of the individual departments as “highly unusual.”'
A smear campaign was run in the mainstream media in an effort to quash Professor Cole's nomination to Yale University. Funnily enough, none of his detractors were experts in middle eastern affairs.
(Via Talking Points Memo)