From our Late to the Party desk:
Several weeks ago the Weekly Standard ran an item (sub. req.) that began this way:
On April 20, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan returned to her old stomping grounds in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to rename a building at Harvard Law School after Finn Caspersen. A graduate of the class of ’66, Caspersen inherited a billion-dollar fortune and had been the school’s biggest donor during Kagan’s stint as dean of Harvard Law.
Caspersen – who committed suicide in 2009 – was also, according to the Weekly Standard, a tax dodger who “may have owed the IRS as much as $100 million, having squirreled away much of his fortune in offshore accounts—and this likely played a role in his decision to end his own life.”
But not his name, apparently.
Caspersen’s shady activities do not appear to have dampened Kagan’s enthusiasm for the man. The “Caspersen Student Center” was formerly named after Edward S. Harkness who, like Caspersen, was the inheritor of a considerable fortune. Beyond that similarity, Harkness was a more generous and modest philanthropist.
And a more worthy one in the opinion of a group calling themselves Harvard Unbound, which distributed a flyer that said in part:
On April 20 you’ll see Justice Kagan dedicate a monument to Finn Caspersen, a schmuck who cheated the IRS out of $100 million, gave $30 million of it to Harvard Law, then blew his brains out as IRS agents closed in.
The corrupt donor is in the ground.
The corrupt fundraiser is on the Supreme Court.
Money talks. Kagan walks.
All this got the hardworking staff to wondering whether we’d just missed this news in the local dailies. So we checked the Boston Globe (nope) and the Boston Herald (nope) and even checked the New York Times (nope).
Does this mean those news outlets covered up the story?
Just means they should read the Weekly Standard.