There’s a conservative blog called Legal Insurrection. I’d vaguely heard of it before, but that’s all. I saw that it had a post about Connie St Louis, so I took a look. I read the first few sentences, and was amazed. I skipped down to the comments and was amazed more. I googled Legal Insurrection and found the handy Wikipedia digest in the left margin:
William A. Jacobson
William A. Jacobson is an American lawyer, professor, and conservative blogger. Jacobson is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Education: Hamilton College, Harvard Law School
Oh yes? Well then you would think he would be able to get the most basic facts right.
Here’s why my jaw dropped – his third paragraph:
I recently reported that Dr. Tim Hunt, a Nobel-prizing winning physiologist, a British knight, and a leading advocate for science education that is usually promoted by women’s rights activists, made a lame joke about single-sex labs. His punishment in the wake of a vicious social justice campaign was his forced resignation from the University College London.
No. No, no, no.
He was not employed by UCL. He did not resign from UCL. He did not work there so he couldn’t resign from working there.
Jacobson gets it wrong again at the end:
I will also note that given how brutally Hunt was treated in social media, and the consequences to his career, it is little wonder the sources wishes to remain unnamed.
There are demands that Hunt’s critics apologize. However, the talented scientists is still out of a job.
No he is not. He was already retired from his job. His honorary professorship at UCL was not a job.
But every single one of the comments on this wretched piece rages about Hunt’s loss of his job.
William A Jacobson of Harvard is a hack.