Well this has been the deadest week of traffic Ethics Alarms has seen for a long time. Thankfully those who have visited have kept the quality and quanity of comments high. Thanks, everybody.
1. I am pretty sure that if Donald Trump delivered the oratorical equivalent of the Gettysburg Address, most of the media would find some way to find it offensive and worthy of mockery. On Vox there is an essay titled “Trump’s speech in Poland sounded like an alt-right manifesto.” Sarah Wildman found President Trump’s call for “family, for freedom, for country, and for God’” ominous, and was especially bothered by his rhetorical question of “whether the West has the will to survive.”
This is where the Left is heading, apparently. Appealing to Western values and endorsing “family, for freedom, for country, and for God’ makes you a crypto-fascist. Add this to the list of reasons Donald Trump is President of the United States. Again I ask, how do people like Wildman grow up here and end up like this, and more amazing still, have a widely read forum?
By the way, the odds of President Trump delivering an oratorical equivalent of the Gettysburg Address are about the same as the odds of Flipper singing The Major General’s Song.
2. Reader Neil Dorr sent in some links yesterday, and two of them were stories that I had on the docket and somehow forgot about. One was the announcement that “Hawaii Five-O” supporting actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have quit the series after contract negotiations with CBS and CBS Television Studios failed to get them salary parity with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. The actors are framing their exit as a brave stand against racial bias in Hollywood.
Grandstanding and dishonesty. Kim and Park were using unethical negotiation tactics, and are carrying through on their threat to make the rejection of their demands a racial issue. There may be racial bias in Hollywood, but when two supporting actors are paid less than the two series stars, that’s called show business, and there is nothing biased about it. If minority actors (and women too) want to find themselves being cast less, this tactic will be an excellent way to cause that regression. “Hawaii Five-O” is a re-boot of the old Sixties/Seventies series starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, whose roles have been inherited by O’Loughlin and Caan. Kim and Park have the secondary roles previously played by two beefy middle-aged Asian-American men. Admittedly, the new models have larger and more crucial roles in the series than the originals, but nobody can watch the series and mistake them for the stars. If O’Loughlin and Caan left, there would be no series, while Kim and Park can be replaced and will be, I suspect, with no damage to the series. This is why they can’t have salary parity, and why they don’t deserve it.
Note how the Hollywood Reporter story tries to support the minority actors as they play the race card by making it sound like O’Loughlin, Caan. Kim and Park are all equal co-stars in the show. That’s misleading and manipulative journalism.
Yes, it’s everywhere.
3. The other story that Neil rescued from the memory hole was this one, about the Hobby Lobby paying a $3 million fine for illegally buying thousands of ancient Iraqi clay artifacts smuggled into the United States. It’s a legitimate news story because Hobby Lobby is famous since it won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court holding that found family-owned corporations do not have to pay for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act when doing so would violate their religious beliefs. However, the current story is being reported with more detail, space, and prominence because the mainstream media, which opposed the Hobby Lobby opinion, wants to send the message that this is a bad company run by bad people, and hypocrites to boot. It is yet another example of how the news media’s biases warp coverage.
Whether Hobby Lobby is run by angels or demons from the depths of hell has no bearing on the validity of the Supreme Court opinion at all. But the owners of the company dared to foil Barack Obama, and for that they are like the fingered villain in a TV police drama where the hero says, “You got off this time, scumbag. But if you so much as spit on the sidewalk, I’ll be watching.”
4. Did you know that there is a class action lawsuit on behalf of Bernie Sanders campaign donors alleging that the Democratic National Committee worked in conjunction with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to beat Bernie, and that it has been contested in court for months? I didn’t. A big reason is that the mainstream media decided to barely report it. This development undermined too many narratives and causes too much cognitive dissonance for Democrats and Hillary bitter-enders. After all, if Russia participating in the hacking of the DNC was so bad, how can that hacking unearthing the information that led to the lawsuit be in the interests of fairness and justice? And aren’t Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged just more of his lies?
The suit against the DNC and its former chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz demands restitution for donations made to the socialist Senator’s campaign, citing six legal claims of the party’s deceptive conduct, negligent misrepresentation and fraud, including a violation of Article 5, Section 4 of the DNC’s own charter by working with a single campaign to ensure the winner of the Democratic nomination. [Note: I think the donors should sue Bernie. As I wrote during the campaign, Sanders didn’t make a good faith effort to win. His refusal to attack Clinton’s e-mail machinations and lies about them constituted voluntary collusion in his own defeat.]
Here’s the best part: During the most recent court hearing on the case on April 25, the DNC argued that the organization’s neutrality among Democratic campaigns during the primaries was merely a “political promise,” and thus the party had no legal obligations to remain impartial throughout the nomination process.
It really argued that. And the news media really thinks that this isn’t newsworthy.
(Hmmmm...I guess the theme this morning is again the corrosive, biased, manipulative and unethical wreck once known as U.S. journalism…)
UGH! Now I can’t get the “Hawaii Five-O” theme—the classic original, not the current, truncated version—out of my head. Best TV theme and opening sequence ever: