Open thread for night owls: College admissions scam ‘worked because whole system is corrupt’

William “Rick” Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice in his lucrative efforts in greasing prestigious college admissions for students wit

Libby Nelson at Vox writes—The real college admissions scandal is what’s legal. The fraud only worked because the whole system is corrupt:

The details of the revelations that wealthy parents allegedly paid a consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to portray their children as successful athletes, thus giving them a leg up in elite college admissions, are enticingly, delightfully juicy. (Jane Coaston’s explainer has some of the best anecdotes, including students being portrayed as top recruits in sports they’d never even played.)

But underneath the celebrity gossip and the choice anecdotes is the inescapable conclusion that the whole business of being admitted to elite colleges in America in 2019 — and make no mistake, it is a business — is corrupt all the way down.

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When the Justice Department held a press conference Tuesday to announce fraud charges against dozens of people, including consultant William “Rick” Singer and actress Felicity Huffman, FBI special agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta described the scheme as “a sham that strikes at the core of the college admissions process.”

But what it revealed is just how rotten that core is. If the only goal of the college admissions process in America were to create a perfect educational environment for students — not to appease wealthy donors or boost the school’s brand through athletics — the fraud wouldn’t have worked at all.

The real scandal, as they say, is what’s legal. […]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 201298 large corporations pull ads from Rush Limbaugh, all right-wing shock jocks:

Premiere Radio Networks, distributor of Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing talk radio shows, sent a very interesting memoto its affiliates on Friday.

The emailed memo lists 98 major corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).” […]

Ouch. That, along with the several dozen of companies who’ve already pulled their ads, has to amount to millions of dollars in revenue.

Has Rush Limbaugh, pioneer of right-wing gasbags on the air, just doomed the genre now that they’re all officially labelled “offensive” and toxic by major advertisers? His fellow radio hosts can’t be too happy with him, now that they’ve all got his “slut” taint. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of assholes.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: It’s that time of year when the president’s budget is declared DOA, though this one might never have been alive to begin with. Pelosi does her thing on impeachment. Trump cheats, earmarks the budget at golf. Javanka under the hot lights, again.

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