UPDATED BELOW, with more links to bloggy commentary.
UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING: a comment by a Wisconsin proffie got stuck in moderation–take a gander at it here. Those of you who might be hiring faculty next year–alert your deans. You might be able to recruit some top-notch former Badgers!
Yesterday, my university and blog-related e-mail accounts filled up with links describing the political $hitstorm that resulted from University of Wisconsin historian William Cronon’s op-ed in the New York Times on Monday about recent events in Wisconsin’s political history and his new blog, Scholar as Citizen. (Enemies of liberty everywhere watch out, he’s got a blog, and he ain’t afraid to use it!) The two-cent summary is that the Republican party of Wisconsin has issued a Freedom of Information Request for his e-mail account for every piece of correspondence since January 1, 2011. Cronon describes each step down the path to Crazzyville on his blog, but don’t miss Tenured Radical’s rundown and commentary, too.
This morning he reports that the New York Times has written an editorial excoriating the Wisconsin Republican Party’s use of the Freedom of Information Act to attempt to intimidate or silence critics. It’s available online here, and will run in Monday’s print edition.
I commented over on his blog yesterday on the Republican Party’s response to Cronon’s complaint about their FOIA request Continue Reading »