At this point, David Hogg is basically a third host on CNN’s “New Day.”
The Parkland, Florida, teenager has appeared on the morning program more than I care to watch as of late, but, for the most part, host Alisyn Camerota has conducted herself professionally and without bias — until Friday, when she made an off-color remark before 9 a.m., which was not suitable for young children.
The interview came on the heels of Fox News host Laura Ingraham (who blocked the author of this article on Twitter more than a year ago) apologizing over a tweet in which she commented on Hogg not being accepted into a number of colleges, despite his impressive Grade Point Average.
“David, I am stunned that four colleges rejected you,” CNN’s Camerota told Hogg on Friday. “What kind of dumbass colleges don’t want you? I mean, you’ve taken the country by storm. How do you explain this? Did they reject you before the Parkland massacre, or how do you explain this?”
Hogg said that UCLA and UCSD rejected him “two weeks ago,” meaning that they rejected him after the shooting occurred and while he was being outspoken on the issue of gun control.
"What kind of dumbass colleges don't want you?" Alisyn Camerota asks Parkland survivor David Hogg, who says he was rejected from four universities pic.twitter.com/MUpCMOL8qD
— CNN (@CNN) March 30, 2018
To be clear, both UCLA and UCSD have a very low acceptance rate, and while Hogg’s GPA is impressive, it’s likely there were other students with even better GPAs. As for Hogg’s newfound celebrity status, no college or university should factor in one’s social status when deciding on whether or not to accept them. Doing so would unnecessarily and disproportionately disadvantage students of lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Going to college is not a right. It is a privilege that one works to achieve. And certainly, attending college at such a prestigious school like UCLA or UCSD is even more a privilege than attending your average college or university.
The problem here is not “dumbass colleges,” as Camerota implied, but the disappointing sense of entitlement by high schoolers like David Hogg, who think that if they whine about something enough, they can eventually get what they want. Obviously, that isn’t the case in the real world. Perhaps David Hogg will realize that when his gun-control efforts fall flat.