Liberal-dominated universities are often happy to enable predators
Deceased sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein helped raise funds for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Media Lab in the years prior to his death, as the university ignored his conviction for soliciting underage prostitutes to exploit the fiend’s wealthy connections.
The New Yorker obtained records showing that Epstein served as an intermediary of sorts between the M.I.T. Media Lab and some of the world’s most influential donors. Epstein helped to rake in $7.5 million for the lab, with investor Leon Black allegedly giving $5.5 million and globalist technophile Bill Gates allegedly giving $2 million.
The M.I.T. Media lab was well-aware of Epstein’s history as a sexual abuser at the time, but looked the other way because he was bringing in so much cash. Joi Ito, director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, referred to Epstein as “he who must not be named” because of the child sex predator’s toxic reputation.
M.I.T.’s president, L. Rafael Reif, has admitted his university’s ties with Epstein and apologized for them publicly. He wrote last month, “with hindsight, we recognize with shame and distress that we allowed MIT to contribute to the elevation of his reputation, which in turn served to distract from his horrifying acts. No apology can undo that.”
But according to internal e-mails leaked from the M.I.T. Media lab, there was far more of a connection between Epstein and the university than administration officials led the public to believe.
“Could you re-up/top-off with another $100K so we can extend his contract another year?” Ito wrote to Epstein in 2014 about a researcher at the firm, and Epstein responded affirmatively.
“Make sure this gets accounted for as anonymous,” Ito wrote of an Epstein donation. Peter Cohen, who was formerly the M.I.T. Media Lab’s Director of Development and Strategy, made the order explicitly: “Jeffrey money, needs to be anonymous. Thanks.”
The M.I.T. Media Lab also went through great lengths to conceal Epstein’s involvement in helping procure massive donations from the world’s elite.
“This is a $2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein,” Ito wrote in one email.
“For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift,” Cohen replied.
The donation was ultimately recorded as “Gates is making this gift at the recommendation of a friend of his who wishes to remain anonymous,” according to the report. Gates officially denies working closely with Epstein.
Gates’ spokesperson told the New Yorker that “any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false.” However, it was reported in 2013 that the two men met at that time to discuss “ways to increase philanthropic spending,” according to a CNBC report.
Epstein played up his ties with Gates to leaders of the M.I.T. Media Lab.
“Gates would like a write up on our one science program for tues next week,” Epstein wrote to Ito in one e-mail.
The email records make it clear that Black was tied very closely to Epstein as well.
“Can you ask Jeffrey to ask Leon that?” Cohen asked about whether Black wanted his donation to be anonymous, before adding, “We can make it anonymous easily, unless Leon would like the credit. If Jeffrey tells you that Leon would like a little love from MIT, we can arrange that too. . . .”
In the fall-out from the New Yorker exposé, Ito was forced to resign from his position as the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab.
“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab and as a professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” he wrote to his former colleagues.
“Because the accusations in the story are extremely serious, they demand an immediate, thorough and independent investigation,” Rief wrote in response to the scandal.
A University system that has become an incubator for cultural Marxism nationwide has shown yet again that it has no scruples when it comes to putting money in its coffers.