Harvard’s Culture of Corruption

Since it is now known that Harvard professors have plagiarized, copycatted, and pretty certainly have had stuff ghostwritten for them, the bona fides and reputations of nearly everyone at Harvard is called into question, especially people in the law school.

Zakaria and Harvard’s Culture of Corruption: 3.0

Jack Cashill
American Thinker

First, I will acknowledge up front that this is a revised version of an earlier American Thinker article, which in itself was an update of the information contained in my book, Deconstructing Obama.  But as still another Harvard worthy gets busted for literary fraud, I feel compelled to keep updating my scorecard.

The culprit this time is the painfully smug Fareed Zakaria, CNN host, Time Magazine columnist, and Harvard Ph.D.  Not surprisingly, Harvard Law’s own Barack Obama is a Zakaria fan.  In a famous photo, the president is seen holding a copy of Zakaria’s book, The Post-American World, a world that Obama has been hastening to make a reality.

In brief, Zakaria got caught lifting a passage on gun control from an article by historian Jill Lepore published in April 2012 in the New Yorker

…If, however, Zakaria farmed out his work to an assistant, he would be following in a well-worn Harvard tradition.  If he understands that tradition, Zakaria knows too that he will likely get away with his mischief.  Others most certainly have.

Among the unpunished are two prominent mentors to the young Obama at Harvard Law, Charles Ogletree and Laurence Tribe.  In August 2004, Ogletree was forced to apologize for somehow letting words from Yale scholar Jack Balkin’s book, What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said, seep into his own book, All Deliberate Speed.  At Harvard, given Ogletree’s standing, none dared call this plagiarism.

At the University of Massachusetts Law School, however, Dean Lawrence Velvel called it exactly what it was, and he did so said so publicly…

Read the whole thing at American Thinker!

Also, Hey, Fareed, You’ve Got a Paragraph; You Didn’t Write That

Related: In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring

During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama — then named Michelle Robinson — penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating “racist and sexist stereotypes” by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.

The 1988 essay, titled “Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles,” ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school faculty by attacking the “traditional model,” in which law students were educated through the Socratic method.

She also opposed the traditional meritocratic hiring principle, where professors with better legal pedigrees were more often hired, arguing that it limited the success of women and blacks…

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