D’Souza Resigns From King’s College


This was very predictable. Dinesh D’Souza has resigned as president of King’s College, a job he clearly didn’t want in the first place, in the wake of the scandal over his relationship with a woman not his wife. And this is a very interesting statement from the chairman of the board, Andy Mills:

“God has a mighty future for Dinesh, but there are some things he has to go through first,” Mills said after breaking the news to King’s students Thursday afternoon. “I have to admit, I got a bit over-enamored with him.” Mills assured students that most of the college’s funding and scholarships come from board members, not from D’Souza’s connections.

I would read between the lines and translate that this way: I brought him in because he’s a religious right superstar who would attract donations, but he’s not really interested in running the college and he spends all his time working on his own projects. That is, after all, what he’s been doing. He’s spent the last year or two working on his anti-Obama book and documentary and going on every media outlet that would have him to promote it (he even went on the Opie and Anthony show). There’s no way he could actually be doing his job during all of that.

It was not immediately clear whether the board’s decision was driven by the allegations of the affair, or by dissatisfaction with D’Souza’s leadership that had been building at the college for months. At the meeting Thursday, Mills did not give details of the board’s conversation about D’Souza or give reasons for his departure. Representatives for the college did not respond to requests for comment.

According to several sources at the college, members of the King’s faculty and board alike had grown hostile to D’Souza’s presidency over what they saw as a failure to earn his reported million-dollar salary. D’Souza has spent much of the past few months promoting his documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and his high profile in the media was seen as rarely benefitting the college. It may even have been seen as a detriment: According to a former staffer familiar with the college’s public relations, King’s employees have been explicitly tasked with disentangling D’Souza’s extracurricular activities from the college’s reputation. D’Souza became a non-presence on the college’s official Facebook page throughout 2012, which staffers say was no coincidence.

So they got exactly what they should have known they were getting when they hired him — a big name with a ton of baggage and no interest in actually doing the job he was so well paid to do.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Hitchens Rule: Religion poisons everything.

    Corollary: Money trumps everything.

    The fundies say they are in it to save your soul. But they always seem a lot more interested in how much money they can get out of it.

  2. jhendrix says

    I have to wonder how much more christian apologetics he’s going to do after this or if he’ll just concentrate on being a right wing hack.

  3. says

    It was not immediately clear whether the board’s decision was driven by the allegations of the affair, or by dissatisfaction with D’Souza’s leadership that had been building at the college for months. At the meeting Thursday, Mills did not give details of the board’s conversation about D’Souza or give reasons for his departure. Representatives for the college did not respond to requests for comment.

    Translation: they knew he was a worthless hack from the day they hired him, and they don’t have the guts to admit it now.

    D’Sozzled showed hypocricy in his personal life. But Kings College showed even worse hypocricy by keeping him on despite his obvious lack of qualifications or dedication to the job; and pretending to care about this only when a stupid irrlevant sex scandal gave them the excuse.

    The manner of D’Sozzled’s hiring reflects very badly on Kings College; and the manner of his firing — at best — reflects no better. Incompetent, dishonest, bigoted, hyperpartisan officials are okay, but officials who cheat on their spouses aren’t? Seriously?

  4. says

    I have to wonder how much more christian apologetics he’s going to do after this or if he’ll just concentrate on being a right wing hack.

    There’s a difference?

  5. F says

    He sucks so bad all the way around, we couldn’t even use him as a passable figurehead.

    Gee, the news page for TKC is just full of win: D’Souza resignation, the wrong interpretation of why the US dropped to 18th place in economic freedom, their Repub Club hosts a Teabagger strategist, and woe betide us, the US isn’t making enough babies and no one is talking about this more than we talk about Presidential debates. King’s College can pretty much suck it.

  6. jasonbowes says

    It’s awesome they paid this dweeby hack $1 million per year to run a school with fewer than 500 students. Evangelicals really are some of the biggest dupes and suckers on the planet.

  7. Michael Heath says

    It’d be interesting to see how D’Souza’s 2016 is doing and how this impacts its relevancy to both the pending election, the president’s ability to govern if he’s re-elected, and the ’14 congressional election.

    David Barton’s Original Intent and Ben Stein’s Expelled continue to resonate and be distributed amongst conservative Christians; will 2016 have the same endurance?

  8. cjcolucci says

    D’Souza’s been the poster child for wingnut welfare all his life. I’m amazed that someone actually pulled the plug on him.

  9. typecaster says

    So they got exactly what they should have known they were getting when they hired him — a big name with a ton of baggage and no interest in actually doing the job he was so well paid to do.

    Reading this, I realized that it would apply equally well if applied to Bush II, and would also apply just as well to Romney if he were to win the election. You certainly can’t accuse the Republicans of inconsistency in their personnel selection standards.

    It must be a right-wing thing. I certainly don’t understand it.

  10. J Myers (no relation) says

    It’d be interesting to see how D’Souza’s 2016 is doing…

    2016’s wikipedia page presently lists its earnings at $33.45M, making it the 4th-highest domestic-earning documentary* of all time. If Obama is re-elected, I’m sure it will continue to circulate right up until 31-Dec-2015, at which time it will be apparent that none of the horrible things it claims Obama will do to the country (whatever they may be; I have no plans to watch this thing) will have happened. Then, into the memory hole.

    *their word, not mine

  11. ehmm says

    @7 jasonbowes

    That’s just… Wow. I would love to see how the schools board justifies that to their benefactors. As an apologist, D’Souza really has nothing original and there are many people who do a much better job with the arguments than he does.

    @8 Michael Heath

    I noticed that “documentary” is available for rental at my local Red Box, which is remarkable considering how few non-fiction films you typically see in one of those. I’m actually considering renting it just to see how ridiculous it is.

  12. J Myers (no relation) says

    Oh, and:

    he even went on the Opie and Anthony show

    Weren’t they the guys who held a contest for couples to see if they could get away with having sex in notable places in NYC, and one couple ended up getting caught in St. Patrick’s Cathedral?

    *googles*

    Yup.

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