Unethical Quote Of The Week: White House Spokesman Josh Earnest

Donna Brazile on State of the Union with Candy Crowley

“Those of us who have known Donna a long time, know that she is a person of integrity and she is a person of high character.”

—-White House spokesman Josh Earnest, responding to a press briefing question about whether DNC chair Donna Brazile, revealed to have unethically used her CNN connection to acquire questions to be posed to Hillary Clinton in a town meeting and a televised debate, and to have passed them along to the candidate, who then pretended to answer them spontaneously.

Thus we now know what the President, his spokesman and Democrats officially regard as “integrity” and “high character.”

Cheating.

To be fair, cheating to advance the perceived interests of the Democratic Party, so it’s OK….ends justify the means, and all that, you know. Integrity.

Here was Earnest’s entire statement:

“The President believes that she has done a fine job stepping in a very difficult situation to lead the Democratic party. Those of us who’ve known Donna a long time know that she is a person of integrity and a person of high character. She is a true professional who is a tenacious and effective advocate for Democrats. She uses that skill regularly on television, she has been using that skill regularly as a party official, and I for one am pretty excited about the fact that we’ve got her on our team.”

Takeaways:

  • “Fine job” means betraying the ethical standards of another organization to give a secret and unethical advantage to one Democratic candidate over another.
  • The “difficult situation” was the previous DNC head being exposed as rigging the nomination process to favor Hillary Clinton, and having to resign. But that happened during the convention, so evidence that Brazile was also unethically giving under-the-table assistance to Clinton is no big deal now.
  • To these Democrats, exploiting a conflict of interest for political gain and assisting in deceiving the public while allowing a candidate to cheat during a debate is consistent with having integrity and high character. Let’s make sure we teach that to the kids.
  • They admire the fact that she used her position on television to advance the interests of her party, even though it was an abuse of her understanding with CNN, an objective never communicated to viewers, and defiance of journalism ethics, harming her other employer, CNN.
  • Democrats aren’t even pretending to care about right and wrong any more…just winning.

I guess that should have been clear when they nominated Hillary Clinton.

Brazile issued a statement after CNN severed all ties with her yesterday. It contained no semblance of an apology, and why would it? She’s not sorry. After all, she’s a woman of integrity and high character, at least by Democratic Party standards.

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14 responses to “Unethical Quote Of The Week: White House Spokesman Josh Earnest

  1. Josh Earnest said, “Those of us who have known Donna a long time, know that she is a person of integrity and she is a person of high character.”

    That statement is pure unadulterated propaganda!

  2. Other Bill

    Total tribalism. “She’s on our team. End of story. Next question.”

  3. I have to wonder what exactly these people are getting in return for this demonstration of high character. Do they imagine they are not in line to be thrown under the bus? Do they read history?

  4. Rick M.

    I would have expected no less from a WH spokesperson. I hope he gets the same ringing endorsement when the axe falls on him.

  5. Steve-O-in-NJ

    Is this like during the War on terror when lefty sites said that disruptive protestors with signs that said “Impeach Bush,” “Kill Bush” etc, just “practice[d] a different form of patriotism?” Does the Democratic party just “practice a different form of ethics?”

    • Steve-O-in-NJ asked, “Is this like during the War on terror when lefty sites said that disruptive protestors with signs that said “Impeach Bush,” “Kill Bush” etc, just “practice[d] a different form of patriotism?”

      It was just fine for the public to share their characteristics of Bush Derangement Syndrome in public displays of protest; however, when it came to Obama Derangement Syndrome displays the hypocrisy tables from both sides were completely inverted and only intellectually honest people acknowledged it.

      Steve-O-in-NJ asked, “Does the Democratic party just “practice a different form of ethics?”

      The Democratic Party hasn’t actually “practiced” any form of ethics in many years, it just took the Republican Party a little while to catch up to the new political norm. Trump is the Republican Party version of the new political norm ginning up to new levels of unethical rhetoric.

  6. I saw a democrat on Twitter say that because Brazile was a known democratic supporter, that it was really CNN’s fault for putting her in the position of having the questions.

    I suppose that is in line with the trend on the left, to try to avoid blaming individuals, as opposed to large nameless, faceless groups of people, and there’s even some truth to that, SOMEONE should have seen this coming.

    BUT.

    No one held a gun to Donna’s head and said “throw away even the pretence of being an actual journalist”, no, she did that on her own. And any attempt to wash what she did away with the brush of “There’s a corporation we can blame” is removing the agency of a black woman, and should be seen as deeply racist, misogynistic and like… problematic, or something.

    • Otter: “You fucked up! You trusted us!”

      Funny, we understood how funny that was when “Animal House” first came out…

      • Slick Willy

        “The bed was on fire when I lay down on it…”

        I voted for Bush for governor (Texas) knowing him for a globalist elite… when the alternative was the Wicked Witch (Ann Richards) which was a vote ‘against’ rather than ‘for.’

        Now I am voting again for the wrong reasons on bad choices against a proven evil, rather than a minor, blow-hard one.

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