The Problem With Elite Complaints About Elite Schools

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Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman weighed in on the question of campus antisemitism this week, reacting to some laughably bad congressional testimonies. Pressed on Tuesday by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill, Harvard President Claudine Gay, and MIT President Sally Kornbluth refused to categorically say calls for Jewish genocide violate their rules against bullying and harassment. Instead, they claimed, such a determination would depend on the “context.”

Later that night, Ackman tweeted, “If a CEO of one of our companies gave a similar answer, he or she would be toast within the hour. Why has antisemitism exploded on campus and around the world? Because of leaders like Presidents Gay, Magill and Kornbluth who believe genocide depends on the context.”

“To think,” he added, “that these are the leaders of Ivy League institutions that are charged with the responsibility to educate our best and brightest.”

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