NEW YORK TIMES
A. G. Sulzberger | March 26, 2011
As Wisconsin’s capital continued to echo with debate over the controversial legislation that strips public unions of collective bargaining rights, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison publicly joined the conversation last week with his first post on a new blog.
It was a lengthy and speculative examination of a national organization for conservative lawmakers that the professor, William Cronon, believed was partly responsible for what he described as “this explosion of radical conservative legislation.” The post soon received more than a half million hits, he said.
Two days later, on March 17, while attending a conference of historians, Professor Cronon learned that a public records request had been filed by a state Republican Party official demanding access to months of messages on his university e-mail account that referred to certain politicized words and names, including the governor and a number of legislators.
Additional links, coverage, and opinions:
William Cronon’s original editorial:
Willian Cronon’s blog, Scholar as Citizen
Abusing Open Records to Attack Academic Freedom
UW history prof targeted for records request by Republican Party
Republicans target UW professor with open records request
By Going After Prof., GOP Takes Aim At Wisconsin Tradition
A Shabby Crusade in Wisconsin (NYT Editorial)
American Thought Police (Paul Krugman, NYT)