1 Tales of Moral Luck: Yankee manager Joe Girardi was facing a possible post-season firing for an embarrassing botch during the second game of the American League Divisional Series against the Cleveland Indians. NY had lost the second game, putting them in an 0-2 hole in a best of 5 series, after an Indian batter’s foul tip into the catcher’s glove for strike three and the inning’s final out was mistakenly ruled a hit by pitch, loading the bases. Replay showed that the ball had hit the knob of the bat, not the batter’s hand, but Girardi didn’t call for a replay review even though his catcher demanding one. The HBP loaded the bases, and the next batter hit a decisive grand slam. Girardi made things worse in his post-game comments by spinning and rationalizing, then finally took responsibility the next day. He also admitted that he didn’t realize that managers had two challenges in the play-offs, when they had only one a game during the regular season.
Yesterday, the Yankees completed a remarkable comeback, winning three straight games to defeat the odds-on favorites to represent the American League in the World Series. Girardi’s bad judgment, poor preparation and immediate resort to excuses when he undermined his team’s chances no longer matters. He was saved by moral luck, just as earlier he had been slammed by moral luck. After all, if the next batter in Game 2 has popped up harmlessly, ending the inning without any damage, Girardi’s terrible mistake would have been a footnote to a Yankee victory.
Now it’s a footnote again.
2. WHOA! Didn’t see THAT coming! TWITTER just boarded the Harvey Weinstein Ethics Train Wreck!
Actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s victims who reached a $100,000 settlement with the Hollywood serial harasser 20 years ago and who is now on the attack having decided that she doesn’t want to be a Hollywood actress any more, has been using social media to condemn actors and executives who enabled Weinstein, writing in one tweet, “you all knew.” Recently, after Ben Affleck tweeted that the allegations against Weinstein “made him sick,” McGowan called him out on Twitter.:
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.
Twitter suspended her account. In response, McGowran wrote on Instagram.
These social media platforms are untrustworthy. All of them.
McGowan, meanwhile, is fast approaching Ethics Hero territory.
3. Here is another unethical tyranny of a minority situation. From the New York Times:
…Eight suits have been filed in federal court in Manhattan over the past two weeks, most recently against Hofstra University on Long Island on Oct. 4. In each case, lawyers for Emanuel Delacruz, who is blind, charged that the college’s website is inaccessible to their plaintiff and therefore in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The filings are part of a growing number of actions involving accessibility and the internet. The federal law requires that public accommodations be accessible to those with disabilities, and legal battles have long revolved around physical spaces and therefore physical solutions, such as elevators or wheelchair ramps. Now, advocates and lawyers argue, websites are also public spaces and need to be accessible, with things like captions or audio descriptions….Since January 2015, at least 751 lawsuits have been filed over the issue. The vast majority have focused on retailers and restaurants, according to a legal blog that tracks such suits. Only seven of the suits have been directed at academic websites. Mr. Delacruz’s suits alone doubled that count. And another website, which includes not only lawsuits but also government investigations into web or technological accessibility, lists 37 schools that have been accused of noncompliance with disability law.
Next? Law suits against art museums for not having audio descriptions of every work exhibited. Law suits against sports stadiums, alleging that the ADA mandates play-by-play being blasted from the ballpark speakers. Then, I suppose, lawsuits against the world for not making being blind a pleasure.
Dear Mr. Delacruz:
I’m sorry you’re blind. I salute your courage, fortitude and determination. I am willing to make reasonable accommodations to help you live a productive and satisfying life. There are some advantages of sight, however, that just can’t be sued away. Websites are among them. Sorry. If I were forced to make my site accessible to to people like you, I would have to take down my site entirely. I suppose that would satisfy you.
You’re a selfish, entitled, trouble-making, unethical jerk.
4. On the other hand, we should have seen this coming: The Boy Scouts have announced that they will now be accepting girls. (They were already accepting girls who identified as boys.) It’s a cynical, unethical decision to build up the organization’s falling membership numbers, fully aware that the change will undermine the Girl Scouts as well as the original and still valid mission of its own organization. Boys are different from girls, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are well-documented benefits of separate male and female socialization at young ages. This is political correctness posturing and pandering for profit.
I’m glad, for once, that my lifetime Boy Scout father is dead already, because this would have killed him.