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RUSH: I have a story from the New York Post. Headline: “Posh Couple Paid in Facebook Stock to Get Daughter Into UCLA — A well-heeled California couple paid $250,000 worth of Facebook stock to weasel their non-athletic daughter into UCLA as a soccer recruit for one of the best programs in the nation, according to court papers.
“Lauren Isackson is listed as midfielder No. 41 on UCLA’s soccer team in 2017 — the same year the elite squad finished second to national champion Stanford, the Los Angeles Times reported. But prosecutors say her impressive soccer experience, listed on the same site, was all a ruse. Lauren never actually played competitive soccer, nor a single game for UCLA. Her father, Bruce, president of real estate development firm WP Investments, and mother, Davina, are among 50 people charged in the widespread college cheating scam.”
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And then this paragraph. “The Isacksons are accused of giving crooked college prep expert William ‘Rick’ Singer 2,150 shares of Facebook stock worth about $251,249,” to get her into the school. Folks, there’s nothing wrong with — The attempt here to besmirch these people by paying in Facebook stock is quasi-journalism malpractice. You know how many charitable donations are made with appreciated stock? That doesn’t add anything to the scandal. It doesn’t make anything worse. The scandal is enough as it is.
The fact that they were paying anything to grease the skids to get their kids in and lying about them being athletes and getting extended time to take the tests and...
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