Unlike Derbgate, the recent divorce of National Review Online and Robert Weissberg has gone relatively unnoticed on Ricochet. The interesting connection here is that Bob Weissberg worked in academia- that is, University of Illinois- and thus his Professor Emeritus status is facing criticism: (this is taken from what seems to be a U of I radio station's website)
Peter Nardulli, who now heads the U of I’s Cline Center for Democracy, says Weissberg spent much of his time running a retail store in Champaign. He suggests university trustees strip him of emeritus status, calling it his only claim to credibiilty.
“That would be my basis for dissociate himself from the university,” Nardulli said. “I mean, emeritus status does not bring with it anything but a title, but when your title is affiliated with a particular institution, that institution should have something to say about it.”
But policies from the U of I Provost’s office for granting emeritus status do not include language for removing that title.
A question for Ricochet: Was Weissberg's sin going to the American Renaissance event in the first place, or was it the content of his speech that got him cut from the Phi Beta Cons roster?