“The View” co-host Meghan McCain examined the evidence in the college admissions cheating scandal and found that she was the real victim.
More than four dozen parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged with paying to get their children into elite universities in a scam run by consultant William “Rick” Singer — but McCain predictably found a personal angle.
“For me specifically, not everything is about my family, I know,” McCain said, in a display of self-awareness. “I read my tweets, I know what you’re saying.”
McCain then lashed out at Mossimo Giannulli, whose wife Louglin played Aunt Becky in the “Full House” TV series, for insulting a public university in her home state.
“But if Becky’s husband talked crap about ASU,” McCain said, “and Arizona State is where the McCain Institute for International Leadership is partnershipped with ASU, where they find students, identify, develop and train a global network of character-driven leaders that I have the luxury to be a part of that institute, and it was chosen because ASU is a premiere educational system, as well.”
“Maybe it isn’t as good from some people, Hollywood elites’ perspective, as Harvard and Yale,” continued the Columbia University graduate, “but ASU has a president, Michael Crow, an incredible president, has been doing incredible things for a long time.”
“I’m very proud to have my family’s name attached to ASU,” McCain added. “It’s an incredible, incredible, incredible college, and Aunt Becky’s husband, whoever the hell you are — I had no idea who you were until yesterday — sorry, your kid probably wouldn’t have been good enough to get in.”
Host Joy Behar tried to steer the subject to legacy admission, after making a brief correction, but McCain took that personally, as well.
“The only thing I will say,” McCain said, “when it comes to military academies, my family goes back generations at the Naval Academy, and that’s service to your country so i would push back on that part of it because my grandfather, great-grandfather, my brothers, they all served their country.”
Behar countered that descendants of alumni should not be granted admission if they didn’t have the qualifications, and McCain shot back.
“They did have the grades,” she said. “My brother did, but I don’t think there’s anything to be ashamed of the fact my family’s legacy is at the Naval Academy — my father’s buried there.”
At that point, Behar had heard enough.
“I’m not talking about your family,” Behar snapped. “I’m talking about the policy of where legacy admissions came from. It was to keep non-white people and Jews, probably, out of colleges.”
McCain wouldn’t let it go.
“You said legacy,” she said. “I’m very proud of my family’s legacy at the Naval Academy.”
Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report
Stung by a highly effective video he made for Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Donald Trump's response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team working on the president's re-election is going after President Barack Obama's former ebola czar, Ron Klain.
Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.
Trump ignored advice to tell country the coronavirus pandemic was ‘bad and could get very worse’ in early March: report
According to a day-by-day examination of the White House efforts to get up to speed on dealing with the growing coronavirus pandemic that has now brought the country to an almost complete standstill, Politico reports that Donald Trump was advised in early March to warn the public things were about to get worse and chose to ignore that advice.
The report notes that the final realization about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 preceded the president's rare prime time address to the nation.
Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare
The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.
The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.
So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.