The Jury Talks Back

3/5/2009

Too Good To Be True, But It Is — Keith Olbermann’s Resume Fraud

Filed under: Uncategorized — WLS @ 1:25 pm

[Posted by WLS Shipwrecked]

Ann Coulter’s column today exposes Keith Olbermann as fraud when it comes to his self-described “Ivy League Education.” 

In the past I have heard Olbermann on the radio mention his degree from Cornell, so I assumed he was an Ivy League Grad. 

Coulter’s column quotes him from one of his broadcasts talking about what his “Ivy League” education taught him.  She suggests that he regularly refers to this in talking with guests on his show — personally, I’ve found it difficult to watch more than 30-45 seconds of the show over the last 6-8 months.

But, there is one curiousity about his undergrad degree that I hadn’t seen exposed until reading Coulter’s column, and then doing some quick research myself.

Olbermann’s degree is a B.S. in Communications.  If you go to the website for Cornell Univ., you see that there are seven undergraduate colleges that make up the University, as well as a few graduate schools. 

The College of Arts and Sciences is the original private institution founded in 1865 as part of the “Ancient Eight” Ivy League institutions.  But Cornell University as a whole is comprised of several other components that admit their own students, confer their own degrees, and are actually institutions that were previously state run colleges not associated with the Ivy League. 

Which takes us back to Olbermann’s degree in Communications.

This page from the College of Letters and Sciences website lists the various undergraduate programs offered — noticeably absent is a degree in “Communications.”

But another college at Cornell, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, does offer a degree in Communications as shown here.

So, Cornell is Cornell?  Right?   Wrong.

As noted above, each college under the Cornell banner has its own admissions requirements.  But, more significantly, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is actually a part of the State University of New York (SUNY).  There are currently 3100 undergraduate students in the CALS, a majority of whom are from New York.  Prior to 1971, the CALS was known as the New York State College of Agriculture.

The College of Letters and Sciences is an endowed instutition, which receives no money from the State of New York.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is an institution operated pursuant to a contract between the University and the State of New York

CALS FAQs

Start to get the picture?

So, Olbermann didn’t compete for admission to an Ivy League institution against the best and brightest students from the US and around the world.

His degree is not from an Ivy League institution, but is from an college operated under contract between New York and Cornell, and is part of the SUNY group of schools.

So Keith, let’s hear some more about Monica Goodling and her education.

UPDATE:  Contrary to a suggestion in the comments, Olbermann confirms that he did not attend the Ivy League institution, but rather the SUNY Land-Grant college that is operated by Cornell under a contract with the State of New York.

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His rationalization?  His diploma looks just like Coulters (who did go to the Ivy League institution, and half the classes he took were from the College of Arts and Sciences (what about the other half?).

About those separate admissions standards and the fact that one is a SUNY institution which has over 50% of its admits come from New York???

Well, …… (Crickets chirping)

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I attended Cornell University’s Arts & Sciences School, where I got a double major in English and music. I never heard of this distinction before and am dubious about it. I always thought of every student at the University as a Cornell student no different from the others.


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