Thursday, 13 April 2006

House's rule

I’ve had a little bit of fun with Ruth Sheehan in the past, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you in the direction of her News & Observer column from today. I’m not sure if it’d be worse if the allegations were untrue, but I do think it would be quite disturbing. That said, I think we all hope and pray that this woman really wasn’t assaulted, much less that she was assaulted by people that are part of our community—in particular, the possibility that I may have taught one of the assailants is almost too horrible to contemplate.

The catchphrase of Greg House is “everybody lies.” As a professor, I probably get lied to at least once a day; there’s the occasional whopper, like the student I had at Millsaps who fabricated a whole conversation with me to get out of a co-curricular commitment she made, but most are rather more mundane. The whoppers are rare, but they do happen. I really don’t know whether to hope this is one of those or not.


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[Permalink] 1. Dukie O' the West wrote @ Fri, 14 Apr 2006, 8:18 pm CDT:

I’m sensitive to RS’s life history, but does it bother anyone else that she didn’t declare this apparent conflict of interest before? How does this effect the larger debate?

[Permalink] 2. Dukie O' the West wrote @ Fri, 14 Apr 2006, 8:21 pm CDT:

Sorry (newbie mistake). She said in her last missive that she was raped 20 years ago.

[Permalink] 3. Dukie O' the West wrote @ Fri, 14 Apr 2006, 8:33 pm CDT:

And by “larger debate”, I meant the N&O bias debate among their editors. Duh, am I a blog-clod or what?

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