Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Novelist Ann Rice

Can you see your hypocrisy when you look in the mirror, Ann?

Can you see your hypocrisy when you look in the mirror, Ann?

“The sex scandal at Fox matters; it’s at the heart of the GOP contempt for women as citizens and human beings.”

—-“Interview With The Vampire” author Ann Rice, on Twitter.

This is signature significance in so many ways. To write this in a public forum, one has to be completely corrupted by partyism, tunnel-vision, bias and the certainty that you are operating in an environment populated with millions of similarly disabled individuals. It also helps to be either dishonest or ignorant, or both.

Let’s try to count all the ways Rice’s tweet is unethical:

1. Sexual harassment scandals occur in all kinds of organizations, including otherwise virtuous non-profits and models of progressive thinking. The University of California at Berkley–the infamously right wing institution— has one going on right now. Yale has been covering up a sexual harassment scandal involving a world-famous ethicist.  These are just  examples of sexual harassment that make it to the headlines. I work in the field: believe me, there is no monopoly by Republicans or conservatives in this area. For Rice to insinuate otherwise is nothing more than disinformation born of her own biases.

In the alternative, she knows this is absurd, and is lying.

2. The statement embodies guilt by association at its worst. How about this: “The Brian Williams scandal at NBC matters; it’s at the heart of the Democratic Party’s contempt for the public as citizens and human beings” ? There’s no ethical difference: both statements are unfair and dishonest. I’ll wager that the percentage of Democrats who work for NBC is significantly greater than the proportion of Republicans who work at Fox. The political parties have nothing whatsoever to do with either situation.

3. Ailes’ engagement in harassing conduct is difficult to deny, especially after so many past employees have surfaced to bolster the accusations made in the recent lawsuit. Whether there is a wider problem beyond Ailes is completely unproven. Personally, I don’t doubt it: when leaders of organizations model such conduct, it typically corrupts the entire culture. However, it is far too soon to make the kind of leap Rice is making, which not only assumes company-wide harassment but somehow attributes it to another organization, the Republican Party.

4. Most of all, and to save the  best and funniest for last, has Rice never heard of Bill Clinton? You know, that serial harasser and alleged rapist whose wife is now running for President in part because she shielded him from the consequences of his workplace misconduct by discrediting and intimidating his victims? The shameless and smug sexual harasser who four years ago was the Democratic Party‘s major speaker in a convention supposedly celebrating women, since Rice is talking about a party having contempt for the gender, as in “you’re too stupid and gullible to realize what a cynical and insulting gesture having Bill Clinton treated like a god here” ? That guy?

When a prominent Republican Senator, Bob Packwood, was shown to have been a long-time sexual harasser, he was banished from the GOP, never appearing at a convention again. On the strength of the number of Democratic Party icons whose sexually harassing conduct has been minimized, rationalized, erased or ignored, there is no contest regarding which party demonstrates contempt for women as human beings in this realm. Jack Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson. Robert Kennedy. Ted Kennedy. Bill Clinton.

I guess Ann Rice never heard of any of them. That explains it.

Or this does, also from her Twitter feed:

Hillary’s campaign gives me hope: dreams, principles, substance.”

Corrupted to the core.


Pointer: Intapundit

22 thoughts on “Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Novelist Ann Rice

  1. As they say, “My mind’s made up; don’t try to confuse me with facts.” Perhaps we should translate that into Latin and make it the motto of the working media.

  2. Story time.

    I was active in the Gerry Studds campaign and knew damn well his sexual preference as did almost all. I could care less who sleeps with whom. Then the scandal hit.

    I was on a plane flying 5rom Boston to Chicago on business and my seat mate was from Illinois. We discussed the furor over the Paige scandal and he said there is a strong difference between the middle of the country and Massachusetts. Crane – his Congresscritter was Dan Crane – will never get reelected and in Massachusetts Studds will be there for life – just like Ted. Also mentioned that no matter how erosive a Cook County politician there are limits. I disagreed strongly. How wrong I was.

    I was a member of the Democratic Town Committee and they drafted a letter of support for Studds – our representative. I resigned and changed affiliation to independent and have never looked back.

    • Let’s not forget that Dan Crane was a member of the GOP (surprising for Cook County) and engaged in a relationship with an underage GIRL. He couldn’t cry oppressor and every dad in his district probably wanted to punch his lights out. There ARE limits. Not to mention the mess created here in NJ when McGreevey got caught swinging for the other fence…but…was allowed to stay in office JUST long enough to avoid triggering a special election, so the Democratic Party could keep control of the state house under loyal party soldier Richard Codey. That way they could set up John Corzine to run in the regular cycle, when enough time had passed for him to credibly say let’s move on, rather than have to run someone else earlier, when the stink of the scandal was still strong and guaranteed to cling to that nominee. That cynical manipulation was one of the (many) reasons that, even if I dump the GOP for the Trump embarrassment, I will never hop the fence all the way to the other side.

  3. “My mind’s made up; don’t try to confuse me with facts.”

    I agree with Cynical John. The problem for me is this: it’s one thing to have to deal with family, friend and colleagues who take this approach. It is entirely different, and much more frustrating, when “thought leaders” (of whatever real influence) do the same. It is an epidemic. I have stopped watching the news, and read the NY Times only sparingly. There is no truth out there: I am making my own, based on the facts as best I can divine them, and leaving the agit/prop to the rest of the world. I am much calmer now…

    • E2, your observation perfectly sums up where my head is. Because I lack cable or internet at home I use only my phone to occasionally look up news items and I glance at trusted friends’ and groups’ posts. For the latest and most important information I rely on local radio, which reports just the facts, ma’am. But your statement, “there is no truth out there…” really hit home for me because I’ve been saying this for years now, first to myself and then to anyone who falls victim to the agit/prop. Thanks for posting your insight.

  4. Anne Rice has always been liberal, and made her fortune writing stories about walking corpses who subsist on the blood of the living and have sundry arbitrary rules placed on their existence and manner of destruction that make no sense. JK Rowling has also always been liberal, since she was an unwed mom on state benefits before her stories about spell-wielding wizards who operate in a world where everything from dryads to dragons really exist, all of it right under our poor mortal noses, and she’s not shy about giving her thoughts on politics. George RR Martin has always been liberal (he dodged the draft in Vietnam), and his biggest claim to fame is writing doorstop-sized gorefests, and he didn’t hold back from saying let the Syrian refugees in.

    C.S. Lewis was always conservative, on the other hand, and his most enduring work is a series about Christ in the form of a lion choosing a half dozen or so kids from this world for no apparent reason to take on adventures that would challenge adults, battling witches, sea serpents, and stereotypical Arabs, yet nothing stopped him from giving his thoughts on life. Tom Clancy was the bard of the Cold War, making millions from writing novels about outlandish military and intelligence operations that would shake the real world to its core and where Catholic middle management always saved the day, and HE didn’t shy away from baking his views on everything from the Irish question, the proper role of faith in life, the proper limits on executive power, and so forth right into his works.

    I wouldn’t give the views of ANY of these people on real world issues a second glance, they aren’t worth any more than yours or mine. As you demonstrated above they are frequently full of holes you could sail the Red October through. They have no more value than the opinions of Barbra Streisand or Mel Gibson or any other professional entertainer, for entertainment is what they deal in. Anyone who gives the views of any of these folks more deference than he gives the views of the Rockwellesque small-town barber cutting his hair who is convinced this country’s best days ended with Ike (yeah, yeah, just don’t cut it too short in front), or the gray-ponytailed hippy selling him the secondhand book with a generous side of Reagan hatred (whatever, just make sure the spine isn’t split) is himself ethically and intellectually lazy.

    That said, in this case you are performing a valuable service by pointing out all these holes in this one person’s view. In the end, however, every individual has an ethical duty to think things through and discard “junk opinions” that are just that, and come from someone with no particular expertise or knowledge.

  5. I just had a look at her Twitter feed…

    ” Anne Rice ‏@AnneRiceAuthor
    Bill Clinton was a true leader, a great president. I’m with Bill. I’m with Hillary. I want Happy Days again.”

  6. Steve;
    C.S. Lewis was always conservative, on the other hand, and his most enduring work is a series about Christ in the form of a lion choosing a half dozen or so kids from this world for no apparent reason to take on adventures that would challenge adults, battling witches, sea serpents, and stereotypical Arabs, yet nothing stopped him from giving his thoughts on life.

    To be fair to Lewis, whilst the Narnia series is undoubtedly his best known work in the wild, his other work is still widely read and very well regarded. Whilst it would be fair to describe him as a cloistered academic he did also have his fair share of real life and his fantasy/science fiction writing was basically his hobby, just as with Tolkien et al.

    He was also one of the foremost logicians of his time. I think it’s fair to say he has a perspective that is worth listening to, certainly as worthwhile as yours or mine!

    • He was also an emotional cripple who concealed an early illicit relationship from everyone including his biographers. That said, the main point was that his perspective might be worth as much as yours or mine, but not more than yours or mine.

      • What overlap does being a genius-level logician and communicator have with being a saint? You might as well recommend I not take advice on writing from Charles Dickens because he was a bad husband.

        Celebrities’ political opinions are irrelevant because they aren’t outstanding in the fields that they are talking about. If Johnny Depp has some pointers to give on acting, sure, I’ll listen.

  7. Wow, I seem to have acquired a rather formal handle. I’m usually just Paul Compton. I’m really not that pretentious!

  8. Okay. Probably as good a time as any for a re- telling of the essential (Democratic Party?) joke of the second-half Twentieth Century Americana told to me by my freshman roommate in 1969, having heard it from his father who worked in NYC providing factoring services in the textile and garment industries:

    Bobby Kennedy is on the floor in the hallway in the hotel in Los Angeles. He’s just been shot. Rosie Greer is kneeling over him and Bobby motions Rosie closer. “What is it, Bobby? What do you want?” Bobby whispers: “Get Teddy.” Rosie bolts up and runs through the crowd to find Teddy Kennedy. He finds Teddy and grabs him and almost carries him to Bobby. Teddy kneels down next to Bobby who grabs Teddy’s lapels and pulls Teddy’s ear to his mouth. With his dying breath Bobby whispers, “Mary Jo Kopoeckne puts out.”

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