Fickle, fickle, fickle

March 12, 2009

Damn, Race to the Bottom is good. From this morning’s update.

On recross, Lane asked whether in fact Governor Owens had a “strategy” for CU if Churchill wasn’t fired.  He answered in the negative.  Lane then pointed to this exchange on the O’Reilly transcript:

  • O’REILLY:  One more question for you. You have basically a strategy, and I want to get this right. You’re not going to pay him off, so he’s not going to get the big bucks. You’re going to go through the lengthy process to prove that he did something that you can legitimately fire him [for], and then he goes — “See you.”
  • OWENS: That’s exactly right. That’s exactly right. That process is starting. I think it will ultimately result in him being fired.

The quick denial followed by the reference in the O’Reilly Factor caused a slight stir in the courtroom.  Governor Owens then repeated that he didn’t have a strategy and that he was merely acknowledging that based on the evidence that he knew, there was sufficient basis to fire Churchill.

One of the things that the rightwingers keep repeating is that because Bill Owens never cut CU’s budget — and, in fact, increased it over the years — he wasn’t ever serious about his numerous threats to do so.

Which only makes sense if you ignore the above, which makes it pretty clear that Owens didn’t cut CU’s budget exactly because they were doing what he told them to: finding a reason to fire Ward Churchill.

Update: It just occurred to me that Bill Owens’ claim “that he didn’t have a strategy and that he was merely acknowledging that based on the evidence that he knew, there was sufficient basis to fire Churchill” is one of the most transparent lies to come out of the case.

His appearance on the Bill O’Reilly show predates the SCRM report on Churchill’s “misconduct” by more than a year. There was no evidence. There was nothing but an attempt to drum something up.

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One Response to “Fickle, fickle, fickle”


  1. […] Factor caused a slight stir in the courtroom, says The Race to the Bottom (link above). As noted on The Ward Churchill Trial Blog, “Bill Owens’ claim ‘that he didn’t have a strategy and that he was merely […]


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