ITT Tech is “giving all employees Tuesday . . . off as an extra comp holiday”: Daily Bullshit, September 6, 2016

For-Profit Schools

It had looked like ITT Technical might be closing.[1] Now it has.[2] Suffice it to say, nothing in this story changes my view that

It is amply clear now that for-profit education is a scam preying on poor people who just want jobs, that it serves as a refutation of the neoliberal and capitalist libertarian prejudice that private enterprise can do anything better than government, and that it represents the worst of our neoliberal reduction of education to job training. These institutions have never been reputable and should be shut down across the board.[3]

Arunima Banerjee, “ITT Educational to shut institutes, lay off over 8,000 employees,” Reuters, September 6, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-itt-education-layoffs-idUSKCN11C15W

Michael Nunez, “ITT Tech Is Officially Closing,” Gizmodo, September 6, 2016, http://gizmodo.com/itt-is-officially-closing-1786243058


Roger Ailes

Fox News “sincerely regret[s] and apologize[s] for the fact that Gretchen [Carlson] was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.”[4] They will also apparently be paying her $20 million and have “also reached settlement agreements with two other women.”[5] But,

While the Paul, Weiss investigation interviewed more than 20 women, according to two sources familiar with the process, it never officially expanded to examine the broader culture of Fox News. The firm, according to numerous people familiar with the process, was apparently never ordered to scour the company’s hard drives for all evidence of sexual harassment or bawdy culture. In some ways, according to one person familiar with the process, the Paul, Weiss investigation simply got a revenue machine back on track.[6]

Roger Ailes’ threatened legal action against New York magazine and its reporter, Gabriel Sherman, for his reporting of the story[7] apparently remains unaffected.[8] Meanwhile, “Greta Van Susteren is leaving the company,” allegedly “due to a ‘financial disagreement.’”[9]

So now I guess we get to ask how many women Fox News will have left whose legs will be available to aim low camera angles at. And we should probably remain troubled that women who have made their careers bashing liberals and progressivism and advancing conservatism—a collection of ideologies in which women’s bodies are generally male property—now invoke protections made possible by liberals and progressives and resisted by conservatives.

Stephen Battaglio, “Fox News and Roger Ailes settle sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson,” Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-ailes-settlement-20160906-snap-story.html

Jessica Chasmar, “Gretchen Carlson settles with Fox for $20M, receives apology,” Washington Times, September 6, 2016, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/6/carlson-settles-harassment-suit-against-ailes/

Sarah Ellison, “Fox Settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 Million—and Offers an Unprecedented Apology,” Vanity Fair, September 6, 2016, http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/fox-news-settles-with-gretchen-carlson-for-20-million


  1. [1]Ashley A. Smith, “Options for ITT Tech students if the for-profit chain collapses,” Inside Higher Ed, September 1, 2016, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/09/01/options-itt-tech-students-if-profit-chain-collapses
  2. [2]Arunima Banerjee, “ITT Educational to shut institutes, lay off over 8,000 employees,” Reuters, September 6, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-itt-education-layoffs-idUSKCN11C15W; Michael Nunez, “ITT Tech Is Officially Closing,” Gizmodo, September 6, 2016, http://gizmodo.com/itt-is-officially-closing-1786243058
  3. [3]David Benfell, “For-Profit Institutions? Just shut ’em down already,” Daily Bullshit, September 1, 2016, https://parts-unknown.org/reading/2016/09/01/for-profit-institutions-just-shut-em-down-already-daily-bullshit-september-1-2016/
  4. [4]Fox News, quoted in Stephen Battaglio, “Fox News and Roger Ailes settle sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson,” Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-ailes-settlement-20160906-snap-story.html
  5. [5]Sarah Ellison, “Fox Settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 Million—and Offers an Unprecedented Apology,” Vanity Fair, September 6, 2016, http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/fox-news-settles-with-gretchen-carlson-for-20-million
  6. [6]Sarah Ellison, “Fox Settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 Million—and Offers an Unprecedented Apology,” Vanity Fair, September 6, 2016, http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/fox-news-settles-with-gretchen-carlson-for-20-million
  7. [7]Kelsey Sutton, “Roger Ailes threatens lawsuit against New York magazine,” Politico, September 5, 2016, http://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/09/roger-ailes-threatens-suit-against-new-york-magazine-004741
  8. [8]Sarah Ellison, “Fox Settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 Million—and Offers an Unprecedented Apology,” Vanity Fair, September 6, 2016, http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/fox-news-settles-with-gretchen-carlson-for-20-million
  9. [9]Stephen Battaglio, “Fox News and Roger Ailes settle sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson,” Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2016, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-ailes-settlement-20160906-snap-story.html

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