Today, mainstream media are loaded with stories about rich people paying massive amounts of money to create phony representations of their children’s accomplishments, which are then used to get them into top-tier schools. The fact that several entertainment personalities – actresses Felicity Huffman and Laurie Laughlin among them – are involved makes the story that much more sexy.
Is this a story? You bet it is; a very real one. Here is just one link to an article which provides the details.
But it is an absolute nothingburger compared to a story that has existed for years, but gotten next to no media coverage at all: the massive amounts of money infused by Saudi Arabia into major colleges, and what is expected in return.
If you find that a tad more troubling than whether rich people find ways of end-arounding conventional college requirements for their children (as if anyone didn’t know it happens all the time), do yourself a favor and read this commentary by Raymond Ibraham of The Gatestone Institute.
Here is just a taste:
- “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the heartland of Islam, the birthplace of its history, the site of the two holy mosques and the focus of Islamic devotion and prayer. Saudi Arabia is committed to preserving the Islamic tradition in all areas of government and society….. The Holy Qur’an is the constitution of the Kingdom and Shari’ah (Islamic law) is the basis of the Saudi legal system.” — Website of the Saudi Arabian Embassy, Washington, DC.
- A Saudi fatwa — in Arabic only — entitled, “Duty to Hate Jews, Polytheists, and Other Infidels,” was written by Sheikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (d. 1999), former grand mufti and highest religious authority in the government. It comes from the fatwa wing of the government, meaning it has the full weight of the government behind it.
What would cause Saudi Arabia, which represents much that is regressive and barbarous — from having elite units dedicated to apprehending witches and warlocks, to legitimizing paedophilia — to become a leading financial supporter of America’s liberal arts?
“These gifts and contracts,” the report relates, “in some instances, are intended to influence students’ and faculty experts’ views on the kingdom.”
That get your attention?
I hope so. And I hope you will use the link I’ve provided to read it all.
Then you will understand what the real scandal permeating these top-tier institutes of higher learning really is, why it should mean far more to you than whether some actor or hedge fund manager’s kid gets into a better school than he/she is qualified for….
…and how derelict our mainstream media, for the most part, have been as they looked the other way about it for all this time.