Seriously, I’m perplexed. Why is this such big news?

So I guess there’s this big scandal about the rich/n/famous bribing the dumb-as-rocks kids they bought at Versace (or wherever those people get their kids so as not to ruin their figures) into ivy league schools? Even CNN and MSNBC are covering it, which means even DNC donors are at least mildly going under the bus.

Why is this news all of a sudden? It’s certainly not new. It’s at least as old as “how can you tell when a politician is lying?”

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8 Responses to Seriously, I’m perplexed. Why is this such big news?

  1. Landlady says:

    Hahaha! When I heard about it, my thought was, “Isn’t this, like, the plot of every 80s college movie ever made?”

  2. Ben says:

    As far as I can see, the “crime” here is that the bribe money went to third parties rather than to the school itself.

    You see, the traditional way for a rich person to get their brat into a good school is to fund a new building, donate megabucks to the school’s sports program, or perhaps fund a chair for a new faculty position. Traditionally, doing it that way breaks no laws because university admission procedures are purposely so opaque that a school’s administration can effectively admit anyone they please.

    Those people who got caught up in this scam were likely trying to bribe their kid’s way into school “on the cheap” because it’s likely cheaper to bribe a single key official rather than bribing an entire university.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s not really big news except to those who are devote fans of these two stars. As for the rest of us, I guess we are just going to have to ignore or suffer through this until the next news cycle.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ha! I remember when I was at a private university and a lovely and very prosperous couple from Hong Kong, with a passing interest in archaeology, approached me about helping one of their children get into the U. Not bribes, but certainly offers of contributions to our archaeological research if I would speak to admissions on her behalf. I did not. She was super-bright and got into several top tier schools without my help. But I caught the sniff of possible foul play.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    Why is it on TV? Pretty faces/figures keeps anyone dumb enough to follow the “news”, I mean Entertainment programs from turning the channel.

  6. Mark Matis says:

    It is only “news” because THEY GOT CAUGHT. Normally no prosecutor would dare touch them.

  7. Dan F says:

    The most disgraceful part of the whole thing is the gleeful reporting that one of these ladies was arrested by the FBI at 6am with weapons drawn. Really?!?! Did they expect at 50 something 100lb left wing actress to come out like Scarface to evade her white collar crime? Law enforcement theater is the worst.

  8. Waepnedmann says:

    The reason this is big news is that on the same day it was revealed that former FBI attorney, Lisa Stark, revealed under oath that the DOJ had instructed her that not, never, no way would Hillary be indicted for her email server faux pas.
    The entire news cycle was about rich folks getting their kids into college instead of putting Hillary in an orange jumpsuit.
    Not one peep about Lisa Stark’s revelations of corruption at the highest levels of government during the 24 hour news cycle.
    We had 200 FBI agents investigating a college admissions scandal and we can’t find orange jumpsuits in the right sizes for those involved in getting our people killed in Benghazi.
    It is almost like they aren’t even trying.
    Top. Men.

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