Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Karr Crash

Just when the University of Colorado was starting to resurrect its reputation, journalism professor Michael Tracey, long a sideshow in the JonBenet Ramsey circus, hits (or is that creates?) the news with his creepy e-mail exchange with John Mark Karr -- in which Tracey (pictured) looks about as much like a journalism prof as Ward Churchill does a native American.

Even before the current Karr wreck, skeptics were ripping into Tracey on the web, as evidenced by this July post from the Punisher: Professors with tenure can get away with anything. For an extra-credit course on Tracy, go to Forums for Justice: The Truth about Colorado Journalism Professor Michael Tracy. -- Patricia Calhoun

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