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Chris Cuomo Demolishes Harris Miller on For-Profit “Education” Industry


UPDATE: For whatever reason, the ABC News video embed code doesn’t work properly. Here’s the direct link to the video. Enjoy!

Last night, ABC Nightly News ran a story on the for-profit “education” industry, including how these people dupe prospective students into believing their “degree” will guarantee them a good job, rip off the taxpayer (to the tune of $24 billion in student loan and grant money in 2008-2009 alone), even recruit customers from homeless shelters. According to the intro to the ABC News report, “a government report of 15 for-profit schools says 4 of them encourage fraud, and that all 15 engage in deceptive practices.”  It’s truly heinous.

So, Chris Cuomo sits down with the for-profit “education” industry’s lobby group head, Harris Miller — once the “placeholder candidate” nearly foisted on us in 2006 by Democratic powers in Virginia, until the grassroots rose up and “drafted” Jim Webb — to ask him some questions. The exchange in the last minute or so of the video is priceless. Check it out, after the “flip.”

Steve Eisman, Hedge Fund Manager: These companies are marketing machines, masquerading as universities.


Chris Cuomo: …the schools seem to recruit practically anyone, like Benson Rollins, who lives in a homeless shelter in Cleveland, Ohio…Lobbyist Harris Miller says, even though these schools serve an important role by providing higher education to students who would not ordinarily get a degree, he admits the recruiting practices at many for-profit schools need to be changed.

Harris Miller: We should not have a situation where that many bad occurrences are being visible.

Chris Cuomo: You got caught.

Harris Miller: No, there are always problems, there are problems in traditional schools too.

Chris Cuomo: 15 for 15 in the GAO report.

Harris Miller: That’s right.

Chris Cuomo: You get the government money, why don’t you give some back to these people who’ve been stuck after your improper solicitation.

Harris Miller: That’s something we’re gonna look at it.

Chris Cuomo: Look at what, you don’t have anything on that. What do you have in place to pay the people who are carrying [Cuomo is cut off — presumably, he meant to say, “massive student loan debt”]?

Harris Miller: Nothing.

The sad thing is, as painful as the interview is, Chris Cuomo’s aggressiveness towards Harris “The Shiller” Miller is totally justified when you look at the for-profit “education” industry for which he lobbies (and makes beaucoup bucks doing so): a huge scam that rips off the taxpayer to the tune of billions of dollars per year, which deceives prospective students, and which saddles them with massive debt and worthless degrees. As Steve Eisman says, these “schools” are nothing “marketing machines, masquerading as universities.” Call your Congressman and tell them the government should cut off these con artists and shut them down, ASAP!

P.S. For more, see this diary on a Frontline story back in May of this year.

  • Teddy Goodson

    After listening to a nice little Rogaine commercial, this sign flashed: “This video is no longer available.” Why?

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I wonder how Brian Moran is enjoying his new “job” as a vice president of Harris Miller’s outfit???

  • NotJohnSMosby

    or just wishing he could fart?  I can’t really tell.

  • Pictou

    These people are into the military education centers selling their high priced counterfit classes. WaPo now gets most of its profit from Kaplan U, one of the worst of these con colleges. If you buy a counterfit Rollex on the street, you pay a lot less than you would for the real thing.

  • Tom

    As shocking as it sounds to me, if I and so many of you former RK bloggers and now dedicated BV bloggers had not worked so hard we never would have had Jim Webb to run against George Allen, who sadly would have been a better Senator than Harris Miller who often bragged about outsourcing good jobs to India. What Miller, not to mention Brian Moran, are now involved in is even more unethical and dishonest than the outsourcing of jobs that Miller was so proud of. How on earth can the progressive netroots and grassroots folks like us support such corrupt individuals ?!

    The first order of business for us should always be to recruit, nurture, and train the best, most ethical and most viable candidates. I will never again spend one minute of my time nor one bit of energy for any candidate who cannot energize me and make me believe in him/her like Jim Webb did for so many of us. Jim has not always voted the way I wanted, but he has honored his commitment to me and thousands of other his Boots on the Ground volunteers that he would do no harm, and he has done much good with the bills he has sponsored and learned how to gain bi-partisan support in spite of the Senate majority sorry excuse for leadership. Jim was spot on when he said the way the Senate majority “leader” runs the Senate is “no way to legislate”, with all the despicable deals such as the one for Nelson of Iowa on Health Care Reform.

    I cannot imagine what kind of corrupt deals we would have seen if Miller had been elected Senator. Not even George Allen could have thought up the kind of con games Miller has been involved in. And the worst part is that what he has been doing is probably not even illegal. Just like accepting lobbying money is nothing more nor less than legalized bribery.

  • Jim Webb Dem

    once again.

    I think I saw several months ago a special on PBS about the “for profit” online University phenomena. It brought to light its rise and short comings. Harris Miller was interviewed toward the end of the show and I said to myself then … what a schmuck.

    Before the Webb campaign …. the guy makes his living lobbying for / promoting H1B VISAs as “necessary” for tech job growth … which is Bullshit and an insult to every graduate of Virginia Tech who has an engineering (technical) degree …. and then Miller is on to this flimflam for profit “education” industry gig. All it says to me is that the guy is out for money …. taking advantage of a situation.

    Harris Miller does make George Allen look … well presidential (oh the horror). There never was a real comparison of a Harris Miller to a Jim Webb. What shocked me reading this blog was the fact that Brian Moran has taken up Miller’s coattails. Wow …. that says a lot to me…. and for Brian Moran none of it is good… except perhaps the lobbying dough.

    You know of Virginia politicians …. I might be disappointed with a Creigh Deeds but I never  thought badly of the guy …. Harris Miller … well the only thing I can say good about him is that he has a son who really defended his old man (at RaisingKaine) during the Miller / Webb primary and I really respected that.

    Harris Miller can be really proud of his family (particularly his son) … but he ought to think long and hard about what his life’s work has done for other people. I my book it’s been a big negative…. his been on the WRONG side (once again).