It’s not a good morning…
(Gotta start teaching the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct in an hour, so this has to be quick. Sorry!)
1 Apparently Breitbart, aka Steve Bannon, has sent two investigative reporters to Alabama to discredit the stories of the four women who say Roy Moore courted them when they were in braces and poodle skirts. See, ethical news sources would be doing what we call “finding out if there’s anything the Washington Post missed.” Breitbart is trying to dig up dirt on four women who just responded to the Washington Post reporters’ questions. How do we know this? Well, 1) the untrustworthy hard-right website has been defending Moore and attacking the Post since the story broke; 2) it is appealing to its core group, made up of alt-right creeps and, you know, morons, by saying this is what they are doing; 3) it has already filed a story claiming that the ex-14-year-old who says 32-year-old Moore fondled her was contradicted in some aspects of her story by her mother. Then there’s 4), which is that the site is so slimy it makes eels gag.
Oh…Ann Coulter tweeted yesterday that it doesn’t matter if Moore is a theocrat, it doesn’t matter if the man who calls gays sub-human perverts is, in fact, a pervert himself; it doesn’t matter that he was kicked off the bench twice as a judge for ignoring the law….what matters is that he’ll vote for Trump’s wall in the Senate. Get help, Ann.
2. On the other end of the ideological divide where it is just as scary, Media Matters is promoting a sponsor boycott of Sean Hannity to drive the conservative pundit off the air as punishment for saying nice things about Moore. It has already bullied coffee-machiine maker Keurig into pulling its ads, and that has prompted, in turn, a call by Hannity to boycott Keurig.
Media Matters, true to the Angry Left’s undemocratic game plan of late, prefers to silence voices it disagrees with rather than argue with them. There is nothing unethical about persuading viewers that they should boycott Hannity; using this tactic to try to make it impossible for viewers to see and hear him is rotten to the core. Now I’m trying to decide who I would rather be trapped in a stalled elevator with Steve Bannon or David Brock. Now I’m trying to decide who I would rather be trapped in a stalled elevator with if I were a 14-year old female ethics blogger, Steve Bannon, David Brock or Roy Moore….
3. There was a 26th victim in that Texas shooting: Carlin Brite ‘Billy Bob’ Holcombe. He has not been included in most media reports about the event, which say there were only 25. Why? Carlin hadn’t been born yet. Texas law declares that such human beings have the full protection of the justice system from conception, but the news media apparently won’t give the nascent citizen the respect of personhood even in death. Especially in death. UPDATE: Carlin was apparently in his eighth month of life. (Thanks to Spartan for that information; I couldn’t find it.)
4. Yesterday, on Veterans Day weekend, only three NFL players “took a knee.” They were the smart ones, at least among the players inclined to engage in this stupid protest in the first place. The others accepted the argument that protesting during the National Anthem would be disrespectful to veterans yesterday.
Huh? We have been told that the protest wasn’t an insult to the anthem, the flag or the armed services, which is how President Trump and Vice President Pence framed it, thus causing MORE players to kneel in protest during the anthem without wanting to suggest that they had anything against the anthem, although the California NAACP says all of this is anthem’s fault—that third verse that nobody knows or sings—, and wants to ban it and replace it with “Whoomp! There it is!” or something.
I give the three players ethics points for integrity. They were protesting the anthem, and thus what it stands for, all along. Veterans Day changed nothing.
Arggh! Have to shave…