This is how deep the rot goes.
I won’t bother to excerpt any quotes, because I think you should read the whole thing.
And once you’ve read it, note that I disagree with the author’s penultimate sentence. She writes that “one can’t help but know” that the hiring process she describes “did subtle violence to intellectual integrity.” I submit that indeed, one can “help but know” it, and many people manage to do so every day. Such is the human capacity for denial, self-deception, ignorance, and groupthink.