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September 17, 2013

Young Woman Who Wrote Much-Cited "Moderate Democrats" Pro-Syrian Rebel Piece Turns Out To Have Been Even More Dishonest About Her Ph.D.

One thing people keep saying is that there has been nothing advanced to suggest that anything in the op-ed was false.

Ermmm... Maybe. I don't know. But the provenance of it is looking worse and worse.

Yet O'Bagy was fired last week from the Institute for the Study of War after the think tank alleged she lied about her education credentials. The institute claimed O'Bagy did not have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University as she had claimed.

O'Bagy reportedly countered that she had defended her dissertation, and was simply waiting for the university to confer the degree.

But in a statement to The Daily Beast, O'Bagy reportedly admitted she was never enrolled in that program. She apparently applied to a joint master's/Ph.D. program, but was not accepted. She was only in the master's program.

"I would like to deeply apologize to every person with whom I have worked, who has read and depended upon my research, and to the general public," O'Bagy said in a statement. "While I have made many mistakes and showed extremely poor judgment, I most particularly regret my public misrepresentation of my educational status and not immediately disclosing that I had not been awarded a doctorate in May 2013."

Uhhh... you were more than "not awarded a doctorate." You weren't even in a doctoral program.

Why would you be awarded a doctorate if you weren't even in a doctoral program? Do they sometimes award them by sweepstakes?

Should I check my mail? Might I already be a winner?

I'm beginning to suspect that -- please, sit down, or at least lean over a soft surface -- the political/media class attracts a serious number of bullshit artists.

Oh by the way I have a Ph.D. I just thought I should let everyone know that.

It's from a small college in the Niagra Falls area. You wouldn't know it.

I wasn't actually enrolled in any Ph.D. program but they just sort of gave it to me because, and here I quote the sheepskin verbatim, "Dude, You Brought It." But in like Latin and stuff.


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