Combative pro-Ward Churchill blog shuts down

Benjamin Whitmer.

"Try Again," a January 2007 Message column, dealt with the revelation that the Try-Works, a fiery pro-Ward Churchill blog, wasn't the work of Churchill himself, as some observers argued. Instead, the person responsible was Benjamin Whitmer, an untenured, part-time instructor in the same Ethnic Studies program at the University of Colorado-Boulder that Churchill called home -- until, that is, he was disappeared by CU's administration. Since then, Whitmer kept fighting the power under his own name, rather than his pseudonym, John Moredock -- a reference to a character in the Herman Melville novel The Confidence-Man.

That's over , however. This weekend, Whitmer announced that he'd decided to pull the plug once and for all. Look below for his typically edgy yet amusing explanation. -- Michael Roberts

The End

October 4th, 2008

So, as y’all know, I’ve been tilting at windmills for three years now in a few different incarnations. And I can’t read the Rocky anymore, let alone the four dipshit dittoheads who constitute the anti-Churchill bloc. Martin, Paine, and Snapple may just be able to spend the rest of their weird little lives stalking Ward Churchill, but I’ve gotta admit defeat. I can’t poke back at ‘em anymore, I’m fucking bored senseless.

So, I’m shutting the Try-Works down. It may or may not return as something new after a little time off, but I ain’t sure.

I’ll also probably do some random posting from time to time over here: Stop by if you like, but don’t expect much. It’ll be more like a notebook of articles and bullshit that I stumble across on the internet. Three years of blogging have convinced me of exactly one thing: there’s no more useless activity, nor greater waste of time, than blogging.

And I will, of course, be moderating comments until the Painenites get a life. Or die of Metamucil overdose. Whichever comes first.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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