Unethical Quote Of The Week: The Huffington Post, Which Is Having A Really Unethical Week

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“The photo has gone viral this weekend as netizens praise the officer’s extraordinary show of professionalism and grace under such trying circumstances.”

The Huffington Post, commenting on the photo above, showing black police officer Leroy Smith giving a feeble white supremacist assistance during the Ku Klux Klan rally held at the South Carolina Statehouse over the weekend.

Does the Huffington Post have any idea what professionalism is? Ethical conduct? Increasingly, I have my doubts, and this is just the latest example.

We already know the average “netizen” doesn’t know ethics from shinola, but the Huffington Post is a news and culture commentary site. One would think a basic comprehension of such concepts as duty, fairness, justice, responsibility and ethics would be essential. Well, let me rephrase that: they are obviously essential. One would think the Huffington Post would know that without them, its analysis of pretty much anything is worthless.

Look, you ethics dolts: Smith was doing his job, that’s all. The fact that he personally may have objected to the beliefs and words of the protesters is completely irrelevant to his professional obligations. He must treat all professionals the same. To do otherwise would un-professional, un-ethical, and wrong. Dominique Mosbergen is  apparently  of the opinion that the normal, professional thing to do is to refuse to help people whom you don’t like, agree with, or whose views offend you. Wait—isn’t this what the jerks who refuse to sell cakes to gay couples do? Somehow I don’t think Dominique agrees with those anti-gay marriage zealots or that she feels to just treat such customers as human beings would constitute an “extraordinary show of professionalism and grace.” Why does she think a black cop helping a distressed racist like he would a similarly needy  NAACP member because they are both citizens and as a public servant he is duty-bound to treat them both exactly the same is an “extraordinary show of professionalism and grace,” then?

It is because she is incompetent and ignorant. It is because she doesn’t comprehend what professionalism is. It is because to her, “White Racist Lives Don’t Matter,” so she is just bowled over when an African American acts without employing her biases.

Leroy Smith behaved like any professional would, and should. Nothing more, nothing less. Most cops do their jobs, and do them professionally. There is nothing newsworthy or extraordinary  about the photo, except to people who believe that the primary motivating factor for most people is hate.


Pointer: Fred

10 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: The Huffington Post, Which Is Having A Really Unethical Week

  1. I agree that the officer was doing his job as he should. The more interesting story is the avowed racist who accepted help from the black man. I guess the saying, “any port in a storm” obviously applies here.

  2. Now why would a lot of folks think that the primary motivator is hate? Might it be because the current administration and its hangers-on have spent years driving wedges between the races, the genders, the orientations, public servant and the public, and basically anywhere else you can drive a wedge to open a furrow where you can sow fear, distrust, and blame? Nah, couldn’t be.

  3. Jack,
    Is it a police officer’s duty to help someone up steps? The duty of a normal human, perhaps, but has it been codified as a rule or requirement? I agree that the man wasn’t doing anything especially extraordinary or “graceful.” but there’s nothing (as far as I know) in a police procedural manner that requires them to assist invalids, even during events at which they’re serving.

    Hope you’re well!

    • It is. I asked my friend the police chief about this a long time ago, and he said that his officers are public servants, and are there to render assistance of all kinds within reason, as long as higher priorities don’t prevail. If the officer was asked, a citizen was in need, and it was within the officer’s power to help, that is what his duty was.

      Last night, the officers on detail at the Vice President’s Mansion confronted me because I had pulled into the driveway: my car’s oil pressure light was flashing. I told them I had to add oil and would be on my way—while they were checking to see if I was a terrorist, I asked an officer to help me twist off the oil cap, which was on too tight for me.

      “Certainly, sir!” he said. Professional. Not heroic.


  5. This is how people come together, despite other differences. A professional news service with ethics would have lauded Officer Smith for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of a white protester. They would also have praised the Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer at the White House “beer summit” who helped his alleged victim, a radical black college professor, down the stairs. Men can show these courtesies to others without demeaning themselves and the real men of worth often do. For a so-called new organization to do otherwise only calls attention to any other worthy person of their lack of demeanor. People should take note of this and judge accordingly any future pronouncements from this source.

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