Bennett reacts to the college admissions bribery scandal


FOR A DAY HERE. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. FEDERAL AUTHORITIES NOW CHARGING DOZENS OF WEALTHY PARENTS ARE BRIBERY AND FRAUD FOR ALLEGEDLY BUYING THEIR CHILDREN ADMISSION TO ELITE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. AMONG THOSE NAMED TV ACTRESSES FELICITY HUFFMAN AND LORI LOUGHLIN. THE F.B.I. BREAKING THE CASE YESTERDAY DURING OUR PROGRAM AFTER A MASSIVE NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.>>MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS NOT A CASE WHERE PARENTS WERE ACTING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS A CASE WHERE THEY FLAUNTED THEIR WEALTH, SPARING NO EXPENSE TO CHEAT THE SYSTEM SO THEY COULD SET THEIR CHILDREN UP FOR SUCCESS WITH THE BEST EDUCATION MONEY COULD BUY LITERALLY.>>Bill: DR. WILLIAM BENNETT FORMER SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, HOST OF THE WISE GUYS ON FOX NATION AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR. GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK. THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING OUR INVITATION. ONE OF THE MAIN POINTS YOU’RE MAKING HERE, BILL, IS HOW MUCH INTEREST THIS STORY HAS CAPTURED. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?>>EVEN BIGGER THAN THE ODELL BECKHAM STORY, BILL, AT LEAST TO ME. I THINK TO YOU AS WELL. BUT SERIOUSLY, THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE STORY IS THE INTEREST IT IS GENERATING. HOW BIG IT IS AND HOW MUCH IT MATTERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU STEP BACK AND WONDER WHY, BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESOURCES HAVE ADVANTAGES. THAT’S WHAT RESOURCES MEANS, YOU HAVE ADVANTAGES. IN THE CASE OF THEIR KIDS THEY CAN MOVE IF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AREN’T GOOD TO AN AREA WHERE THE SCHOOLS ARE GOOD OR THEY CAN BUY A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION, TUTORS, SUMMER PROGRAMS TO ENRICH THAT RESUME. BUT I THINK WHAT SHOCKED PEOPLE HERE WAS THE OUTRIGHT FRAUD, THE CHEATING, THE DEGREE TO WHICH PEOPLE WILL GO TO ADVANCE THEIR CHILDREN’S INTEREST AND THAT’S RIGGING THE SYSTEM AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REACT VISCERALLY TO THAT AND THEY’RE CORRECT TO REACT VISCERALLY TO THAT.>>Sandra: YOU WONDER IF IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, THE U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND IRS MADE THIS OFFICE YESTERDAY SAID THEY’RE STILL LOOKING INTO OTHER PARENTS WHO HAVE DONE THIS, OTHER COACHES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT THIS DOES EFFECT.>>YOU HAVE THE HOLLYWOOD DIMENSION, WHICH HELPS WITH THE HEADLINES. BUT YOU’VE ALSO GOT SOME CEOs, SOME VERY ESTABLISHED PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THIS. AND AGAIN, REMEMBER, I WAS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION AND I DID A RADIO SHOW AND I DO A PODCAST NOW. THE THING I GET CALLS FROM AND NOTES FROM THE MOST IS FROM PARENTS SEEKING ADVICE ABOUT THEIR KIDS’ COLLEGE. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE, WHERE SHOULD SHE GO, WHERE SHOULD HE APPLY? TO AMERICANS COLLEGE IS THE WAY UP. THE WAY TO UPWARD MOBILITY TO SUCCEED. TO THINK THAT THE SYSTEM IS BEING GAMED TO THIS DEGREE I THINK REALLY SHOCKS AND DISTURBS PEOPLE. I HAVE TO SAY BASED ON THE EVIDENCE, I THINK I KNOW THIS PRETTY WELL, IT IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE — MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN A PERSON’S SUCCESS. IT HAS TO DO MORE WITH THE PERSONS ABILITY. THE S.A.T. SCORES ARE A BETTER PREDICTOR THAN WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE. FACTORS OF GRIT AND DETERMINATION. YOUR ABILITY TO SET A TASK FOR YOURSELF. THESE ARE MORE IMPORTANT. BUT A FACT IS A FACT. THE FACT IS AMERICANS CARE DEEPLY ABOUT WHERE THEIR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL.>>Bill: ONE THING THAT STRIKES ME. THIS WORLD IS FAUX FOR SO MANY. YOU CAN MAKE IT SO BASED ON TECHNOLOGY. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT SOME OF THESE HEAD SHOTS WERE PHOTO SHOPPED ONTO THE BODY OF OTHER YOUNG ATHLETES AND THEY WOULD USE THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE THE PITCH THAT THEY SHOULD BE ON THE ROWING TEAM OR WHICHEVER AVENUE THEY CHOSE. YOU THINK A LOT ABOUT THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION AND THE TECHNOLOGY THAT COLLIDES IN THEIR LIFE ON A DAILY BASIS. YOU CAN LIVE A LIFE THAT’S OF YOUR OWN MAKING AND IT IS ALL ONLINE.>>ENTIRELY FALSE.>>AND IT’S PHONY.>>YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. HERE THE SYSTEM WAS USED, GAMED BY THIS MR. SINGER, THE GUY WHO FINALLY WENT STATE’S EVIDENCE HERE WHO WENT TO PARENTS AND SAID I’LL DO THIS. AND WHAT DO PARENTS SAY. THIS GUY SAYS WE’LL PUT YOUR CHILD’S HEAD ON A WATER POLO PLAYER EVEN THOUGH THE CHILD HAS NEVER SEEN A WATER POLO GAME BUT THAT WILL GET THE CHILD INTO STANFORD. IT IS ENTIRELY CYNICAL AND VERY DISCOURAGING TO A LOT OF FOLKS. YES, THERE WILL BE MORE. SUSAN IS RIGHT. THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND I THINK WE’LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS. THE OTHER THING IS IF I CAN FOR A SECOND, THIS PLAYS INTO A DEEP WORRY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE, I SHARE THAT WORRY. WE SEE IT IN POLITICS. THIS WAS APPEALED TO BY DONALD TRUMP AND BERNIE SANDERS. IS THE SYSTEM RIGGED? DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN DONALD TRUMP SAID IS THE SYSTEM RIGGED? BERNIE SANDERS ASKED THE SAME QUESTION. IN HIS CASE IT WAS RIGHT. PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS ABOUT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. NO PRIVILEGE. BILL CLINTON, WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES. THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE RULES AND PEOPLE ARE REALLY MAD ABOUT IT.>>Sandra: REALLY MAD ABOUT IT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR WHETHER IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD OR AT WORK AND TALKING TO SOMEBODY WHO SITS BY AND YOU WORK CLOSELY WITH. PARENTS ARE STRESSED TO THE NINES WHEN THEY’VE GOT KIDS THAT AGE OR HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THEY’RE TRYING TO GET THEM INTO THESE COLLEGES, BILL, AND IT IS A STRESSFUL SITUATION AND THE PARENTS AND THE KIDS. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING NIGHT AND DAY TO TRY TO GET THEIR KIDS TO THESE SCHOOLS. CARROLL ROSS PENNED A PIECE. COLLEGE CHEATING SCANDAL SHOULD MAKE BLUE COLLAR FAMILIES ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS. THIS HAS MADE EVERYBODY REALIZE THAT IF SYSTEM IS AND CAN BE RIGGED.>>CAN BE RIGGED AND THE OBSESSION OF PARENTS FNLTS WE LIVE IN A COMFORTABLE NEIGHBORHOOD IN A D.C. SUB URDS. I REMEMBER HEARING ABOUT A PARENT FROM A GREAT PRE-SCHOOL FOR 4-YEAR-OLDS. THAT FEEDS INTO THIS SCHOOL AND FEEDS INTO THIS PREP SCHOOL AND FEEDS INTO HARVARD. THE PRESSURE IS ON THE 4-YEAR-OLD. PARENTS NEED TO STEP BACK A LITTLE BIT ON THIS AND REALIZE THIS IS NOT ALL OF LIFE. BUT LOOK, THE GAME NEEDS TO BE FAIR, THE RULES NEED TO BE OBSERVED AND I’M GLAD THESE PEOPLE WILL FACE THE LAW AND

100 thoughts on “Bennett reacts to the college admissions bribery scandal”

  1. ONCE WORKED FOR THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION FIRM IN H.R. IN-COMING NEW HIRES' STARTING SALARY WAS BASED ON THEIR DEGREE – NOT THE UNIVERSITY. ONE FATHER (EMPLOYEE WHOSE SON WAS APPLYING) WAS SHOCKED B/C HIS KID GRADUATED FROM YALE. H.R. ADVISED HIM THAT HAD NO BEARING ON HIS STARTING SALARY – ONLY THE DEGREE AND DISCIPLINE. HA-HA!

  2. This is fine and dandy. But it does not make up for the fact that the FBI has covered up Clinton scandal and weaponized the office against conservatives and our president. Lot of making up to do.

  3. And the cherry on top, since rich they probably paid no taxes and my tax money paid for their kids…meanwhile other kids are locked out. Kids knew and should be charged with parents

  4. Please tell me that idiot who heads the department of education who bought her job…the irony lol, donated to trump for it. I hope she is involved.

  5. Keep in mind that this β€œnews” is actually Propaganda by the Main Stream Media to create hate and discontent agains the β€œRich” to usher in Socialism in America. Hate for the privileged class is the standard method of selling the average citizen on a socialist government. But the socialist government always turns out to be a police state dictatorship.

  6. Falsley Claiming disability in order to have more time on SATs – my son is disabled and I'm outraged – all from administration coaches students and parents deserve jail time

  7. Trump's dadddy had to call in a favor to get his dolt of a kid in school. Then drumf threatened to sue if his grades we're ever released πŸ˜˜πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

  8. They have somewhat ruined the integrity of the degrees from the Ivey league schools. You may look at someone twice now where as before, you may have followed one blindly trusting based on their "credentials".

  9. ALL of the higher education institutions are INVOLVED. The just haven't all been caught. A pay-off and Tax write-off?! I want my hard earned student loans pardoned and/or paid-off by the scammers as reparation. All Universities/colleges should be investigated. THIS RUINS THE INTEGRITY OF THE SCHOOLS AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THEM.

  10. Require every school to declare where every dime they receive comes from! Every grant, gift, bequeath… must be accounted for!

  11. What’s the degenerate gambler have to say now…hurry give him a few dollars so he can bet on a sick whore

  12. Nothing new here,guys move on!
    Whites like me and others are literally destroying this country atleast black kids get in either by there high test score or there athletic gift …what we do is complain

  13. If you have a system based on subjectivity, that is manipulated regularly for minorities, sports, alumni, and everything else under the sun, you can hardly be surprised when it is manipulated for profit.

    I far prefer the European system that is purely score based, and can't be manipulated as easily. Public Universities should be forced to accept only people with the highest academic scores wanting to attend their institution. Their social skills, color or identity group, should not matter. The current system is not capitalist, it is socialist.

  14. I’d like to see the evidence that SAT scores is the best predictor for later success. What research says that

  15. This’s nothing new it had been going on for years , the problem is they got caught,wealthy people always pay they way in everything they can’t in their merits, IΒ΄m sure the stupid trump children had paid their way in in the university , l won’t be surprise if trump father pay for Him to get in the university, and still is the most ignorant piece of crap , can’t read can’t talk

  16. This scandal is not about the best education money can buy. It is about the best diploma money could buy. If they used that money up front to actually educate the kid they would be ready for medical school at 12. Why couldn't they actually educate their kid with their all money ?

  17. The US University System had already been fatally undermined by Affirmative Action, which removed the need to qualify for any school's standards. Once standards are gone, anything goes. Now, they are not even testing rigorously in the Ivy League. All for Political Correctness.

  18. There are 30 Nobel Laurates from Stanford, 6 from USC. But, now both universities are only gonna only evoke: cheating, brats and bribes. Ha!

  19. Meantime, the rest struggle to pay off student loan debt and to obtain even the most meager of financial aid at colleges and universities. And many A grade students from low income families have to fight for $5 in food aid! And when they get even a small job to sustain themselves, the food aid is cut. And all that talk about "grit" etc. is hog wash, because holding down a near full time job (to pay rent etc.), not get adequate sleep and nutrition, yet be able to compete with the children of millionaires adds insult to real injury. Clearly, this is a very unequal system.

  20. OMG! Bill Benbet, former Secretary of Education !!! Oh boy buckle up!
    I recall he said back in the day, " we need to bring nuns out of retirement ".
    Cruella DeVos, TAKE NOTE. WHAT A REAL SoE SHOULD BE! You just went to college to get your MRS.

  21. I am not an American, I don't live in the USA and have never visited the USA. But I'm grateful that our children went to uni with bursaries and loans!

  22. Title 9, women's right to equal sports funding has never been about women or sports. Repeal and defund the program.

  23. I've seen college boyz on the end of a shovel..These people think (and for good reason) The rules do not apply..All of this will go away soon and not one GDAM thing will be done about it!! NOTHING!!!!

  24. Speaking of sparing no expense, FOX uses all its resources to cover the brodcasters on its network. FOX uses software that is specifically used to cover the image of its braodcasters by using a different image for certain broadcasters that what they would usually input into the camera. This school cheating scandal has been paralelled in the broadcasting business.

  25. I can sort of understand paying money or bribes to get into Yale or Harvard or maybe Georgetown. Thaaaat happened when George W went to Yale. even he admitted he was a C student!!! But Texas? Wake Forrest? San Diego?

  26. Yes, this is the tip of the iceberg. This corruption in universities has been going on for more than 50 years! It undermines our Capitalism for obvious reasons. Graduates of "top universities" have gotten the FAST TRACK at Fortune 500 corps for more than 45 years. Think about that. Many Undeserving and incompetent middle and upper managers have been at most of the top 500 corps for more than 45 years. Thou shalt not steal.

  27. the Kennedy family were accepted into colleges when they were not qualified. The Royal family had their kids admitted to colleges they were not qualified. etc. The rich are abominable animals.

  28. the interest is how the fall of an old elite lifestyle is crumbling… disclosure is more than the ufo reality

  29. What bothers me is that these people had the money and resources to have tutors and professionals teach dicipline and learning skills from a young age legally, but never did it. Now they want to buy their kids into schools. As a middle class family we spent money on sylvia and other education helpers. At 30 my son is a well paid and educated person.

  30. It's funny to see so many of "us" not surprised at this huge ordeal… everyone knows this has been happening… AND, "in HIS case he was right"?… just wondering what was meant by that? now I am irritated!

  31. …we're actually talking about the secret brotherhood that run Yale, Harvard, USC, you name it. their coded language was named the second the story broke; "33" people charged. the freemasons left their signature all over the place. Loughlin got used as their high profile villain. but you know there are so many more un-named rich and famous people in the shadows equally if not more guilty.

  32. That’s all he had to say? Well if the parents β€œstep back” they’ll need to bribe the schools, right?

  33. Harvard doesn’t want to admit too many Asians students because Asians are very frugal and will never donate millions to Harvard once they graduate.

  34. Six more students at USC are link to the admission scam. I bet we will see a movie about this scandal pretty soon.

  35. It's one thing that a wealthy parent would be willing to pay full tuition for his or her child to go to a university. It's another if that same parent would bribe an admission administrator to bend the rules under the guise of caring for the child. This is frustrating and I am very upset

  36. Jail all of them, Confiscate their Money, then use that Money to fund Trump’s Border Wall. Build the Wall and make Hollywood pay for it.

  37. They been doing this forever,, wouldn't be surprised if all 3 of these people talking right now fraudulently got their college degrees..

  38. People are suckers! Why is no one demanding to see the college application and transcripts of this moron in the White House? It is so obvious when he berates Obama's education and now McCain's that it is HIS education that is bogus and lacking any substance. He constantly yells at others what is most true about himself. He obviously thinks all of his followers are fools – which proves even Trumpty Dumpty can be right now and then.

  39. All systems can be rigged and all are. If they don't have wealth, they use victim status, influence, athletics, and anything else they can. Be honest. we don't resent rich people. We're jealous of them. N matter what system you have, capitalist or socialist, there will always be people with privilege. Absolute equality is a lie and an impossibility. Like I believe Bennett did nothing to get his kids into good schools?

  40. Parents need to step off and let their kids did it on their own….. too much coddling leads to things like this… too stupid to fail? No.

  41. This definitely effects many households in America…the endeavors to overcome poverty essentially is β€œkey” to me as a Native American Indian Conservative Woman!! My God, the struggles that very few can relate to? I , myself achieved the College experience by the sweat of my brow, financial factors, and other circumstances such as limited transportation, etc.πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ§πŸ”πŸ”‘πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈβ˜πŸΌπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  42. Senator Joe Manchin (DWV) was caught using political influence to achieve an MBA degree for his daughter from West Virginia University. A degree that landed her the position as CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical where she makes 15 million a year. Her degree was rescinded by the university and the university president was forced to resign after the Pittsburgh-Gazette exposed the fraudulent degree.

    Β And of course shortly after her degree, WVU football stadium underwent millions of dollars of renovations and was renamed Mylan Stadium…….

  43. Why does the media only keep throwing up the women in this case? Why do they not show us ALL of the perpetrators?

  44. Aunt Becky paid a half million dollars just to get them into USC. $500,000 for USC? This is over two times the amount of tuition for 2 year! Ridiculous

  45. How the hell is water polo squash and rowing Olympic sports I suppose for the movie stars they could put smiling as an Olympic sport

  46. It's kind of interesting that Trumps educational records mysteriously "went the way of his tax returns" shortly before this story broke.
    Coincidence?

  47. Well, I hope money can’t get them out of this one st least. I forgive them as my daughter got in yo good schools due to her brains and her dad and I could pay for it but how about those kids that were skipped over because of someone with no brains but had money.

  48. Are they also going after the graphic designers for photoshopping their photos? If all students had randomly generated numbers on exam day when they arrive to write with credentials….nameless…might work better.

  49. WAY TO GO, CROOKED CLINTON DEM HOLLYWOOD!!: ————–to think one of these asshole kids could become doctors (a bought-off degree, not the real medical diploma) – operating on you, when a drivers licence test would be a challenge for them !!!!!

  50. Disgusting, exploitation of wealth and colleges eager to admit people with money above genuine intelligence. Look a Meghan McCain, thick as a two bob watch, how did she get on the View?? Her father!! Outrageous. America clean your rigged up system!

  51. How do we know that professionals who graduated with degrees from these colleges are actually earned and not purchased? How can we trust colleges again? To the universities, you played yourself

  52. this is happening nation wide but why is the spot light on parents? If the board members of these schools would have refused the bribes, this wouldn't be happening. Seems to me the board members are more guilty than the parents.

  53. Competition is a good thing, it causes the best and brightest to rise to the top and make our country successful but it's now politically incorrect to promote competition. We don't want anyone to be left behind or made to feel less than so no one can fail. We might hurt someones' feelings.

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