I haven't really been following the fluff-up about Ward Churchill and Hamilton College, but I greatly enjoyed this essay about the exchange of ideas, meaning of tenure, and who gets the blame for bad academic hiring decisions (hint: the subtitle of the essay is "Why is Bill O'Reilly chairing our faculty meetings?"). Read it through to the end; it makes some great general points.
I am reminded of the following quote from Ursula LeGuin: "Good ideas are like grass; they thrive from being walked upon." Indeed.
(via Rebecca's Pocket)