1. Is it unethical to never be satisfied, or just human? Or just American? The Boston Red Sox are winning too much, and I don’t recognize my team. Over the weekend, literally for the first time in my life, I found myself feeling sorry for an opposing team and its fans. The poor Kansas City Royals (who are, I know, in the process of tanking) looked hopeless as the Red Sox swept a three game series. KC, not long ago a World Series champion, looks like it will lose 105 games or more. My team has always been the underdog. I don’t want to root for crypto-Yankees.
2. Yeah, I wish the President would just announce his SCOTUS pick and not make it into a circus.
3. Another Ethics Alarms Lost Post…A Carolyn Hax advice column from March missed getting the post I intended at the time, and I just stumbled across the old file. A woman who had planned a huge wedding was jilted by her fiance shortly before the big date, as he ran off with an old flame. She asked Carolyn if she was wrong to be angry at invited friends and relatives who wanted her to reimburse them for non-refundable airline tickets, and to never want to have any contact with them again. Hax said that such people don’t deserve anything better, and ought to be written off in perpetuity.
That was an easy call for the relationship columnist, but I found myself reflecting on other matters, like whether I have any friends and relatives who could be expected to behave that atrociously, venally and compassionlessly (relatives yes, friends, no, I think). Another question: what’s the matter with people, and how do they get this way? Someone you care about is slammed with a life catastrophe, and your first reaction is to demand that she pay for your inconvenience?
During the 2016 primary and general election campaigns, various MSNBC hosts were openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton. One of the network’s programs featured Malcolm Nance (pictured, above), whose background is quite sketchy but who is presented by the cable network (and now by NBC News) as an “intelligence expert” and former intelligence officer for the U.S. Navy.
On August 20, 2016, weekend host Joy Reid asked Nance about the supposed “affinity” for Russia harbored by Jill Stein supporters. In response, Nance told MSNBC viewers: “Jill Stein has a show on Russia Today.”…
Jill Stein did not have a show on RT, nor did she ever host a show on RT. What Nance said was made up out of whole cloth – fabricated – in order to encourage MSNBC viewers to believe that Stein, one of the candidates running against Clinton, was a paid agent of the Kremlin and was an employee of RT….
To date – almost two years later – neither NBC News nor MSNBC, nor a single journalist who works for either one of those media outlets – has corrected this significant falsehood, despite obviously knowing that it was broadcast to their viewers….
Worse, not only was Nance never sanctioned in any way for the lie he told, but he was rewarded: he has since gone from “MSNBC Contributor” to “MSNBC intelligence analyst,” is far more pervasive on that network, and its hosts have spent the month aggressively promoting his new book on how Putin is destroying U.S. democracy.
Once again: this undermines a competent democracy, misleads the public, manipulates elections, and breaches the basic professional ethics of journalism to the detriment of the United States of America, while making trust in all journalism impossible or irrational. Those who rail against the description of the mainstream news media as “enemies of the people” have to explain to me persuasively and clearly why Greenwald’s account (It is not an anomaly) isn’t proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the indictment is fair and accurate.
5. By all means, let’s talk about “democratic norms”…From Bill Maher’s latest HBO Comedy special:
“Although honestly, doesn’t everything about this man just scream microdick? You know, the bragging, and the buildings with my name on it! ‘There’s no problem, I guarantee there’s no problem.’ I think there’s a problem. I think there’s a very big problem. I think that’s the whole problem. I think this is a man who has never once brought a woman to orgasm—if he even believes such a thing exists. ‘It’s rigged! It’s rigged! The vagina has been very unfair to me! Very unfair!’“
The problem is that no other President in history, even those who were gang-mugged by comedians, like Nixon and Clinton, have ever been subjected to this kind of dehumanizing, vulgar disrespect of themselves and their office. Nor would such personal degradation have been tolerated in the past, much less cheered. The conduct is corrosive, divisive, hateful and dangerous. “The resistance” and their allies should pay a high price for engaging in and encouraging these tactics, and I will do what little I can to ensure they do, as I would regardless of what President was the target.
6. Horror Show. I admire Stephen King as a writer, and he has provided me with quite a bit of enjoyment through the years. And he’s a big Red Sox fan. He’s still a big jerk, but them lots of great artists were, are, and will be.
On July 4, Maine’s King of Horror tweeted,
Progressives, go find a Trump supporting friend–the one you haven’t spoken to since November of 2016–and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a “liberal snowflake” friend and do the same. Just for today, let’s all be Americans.
Can you be snottier than this? Let’s see:
- King implicitly endorses progressives shunning anyone who disagrees with them, even friends. How repulsive.
- His supposedly olive branch-spirited tweet immediately denigrates supporters of the President (“Trumpies”), mocks them, and stereotypes them. These are the tools of bigotry. What do progressives stand for today?
- “Just for today” we should all be Americans? Talk about signature significance for a pompous, intolerant, insincere jackass…
However, the hateful, angry progressives that King proudly embraces found even that nasty and insincere sentiment insufficiently antagonistic to half the country, and the author was subjected to withering disapproval on social media. So the jerk responded,
“Responses to my 4th of July tweet suggest that politically-minded Americans aren’t willing to drop their grudges and talking points for even a single day. If Russia isn’t paying Trump, they should start, because he’s doing a helluva job of dividing us.”
I have reached my limit of tolerance for the “He made us behave like assholes” argument. I suspect that more citizens have feel this way than the Democrats realize, or they wouldn’t keep talking and behaving as they have for 18 months.