Comment Of The Day: Afternoon Ethics Jolt, 8/3/2018: “A Lawyer Finds A New Way To Be Unethical, Verizon Makes Our Kids Obnoxious And Ignorant, And The Times Decides To Show Its Colors…”

Tippy Scales, the Ethics Alarms’  commentariat resident working journalist, was moved to comment on the ongoing controversy over the New York Times hiring a documented anti-white racist as one of its editors. I welcome the development, as it is signature significance for the mindset of the Times and its management: no ethical or trustworthy news publication would do such a thing. The rest of the mainstream news media has tried to bury the story, but this is one more time when Americans should feel grateful for our  conservative media, with all of its own biases and flaws. I doubt that the Times will avoid the consequences of its arrogant and unprofessional act, and I think we will be hearing more about Sarah Jeong.

Here is Tippy Scales’ Comment of the Day on the post, Afternoon Ethics Jolt, 8/3/2018: A Lawyer Finds A New Way To Be Unethical, Verizon Makes Our Kids Obnoxious And Ignorant, And The Times Decides To Show Its Colors…

Shortly after screen grabs of this woman’s tweets began circulating on the net, I posted them to my Facebook feed, where I have a ton of fellow journalists as friends.

Under the screen grabs I wrote: “This is why Americans don’t trust the media. People aren’t stupid. They see there’s no media outrage over these hateful tweets, after seeing all the controversy over Roseanne’s solitary tweet. How are we as reporters supposed to look people in the eye and tell them there’s no bias?”

As you may have guessed, I got attacked. Again, I posted this before this issue had really hit the airwaves, so nobody who responded to me had heard of this. One guy, a fairly well-known author who has since unfriended me, at first chided me for getting duped by a parody account. When I proved to him it was legitimate, his answer was a snippy: “ok, you got me the NYT wants all white people to die.”

Another reporter for a national organization, who once worked for my newspaper, took the stance that’s become the official leftist talking point on this matter: What this woman tweeted wasn’t so bad, because minorities have been oppressed, and white people are evil, and blah blah blah.

These morons are so out of touch with normal people, it’s not even funny. When Trump’s approval rating went up the other day, some TV bubblehead says, “He must walk on water.”

No, idiot. He doesn’t walk on water. You just have no clue what’s going on outside DC or NY. And IT’S LITERALLY YOUR JOB TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.

There are lots of white people out there in middle America who don’t appreciate being constantly dogged by these elitists. “Dear white people” crap is everywhere. Vox has dozens of articles like “Things white people have messed up about Christmas.”

I love being a reporter, but for 2-3 years now I’ve been downright ashamed of my profession. I honestly can’t look anyone in the eye and tell them most of the media isn’t biased. The fact that I got attacked for my Facebook post pretty much proves it.

A few hours after my post, a former colleague sent me a private message and told me she loved my post. Of course, she was too afraid to like it on Facebook.

That should tell you everything you need to know. It’s goddamn scary.

 

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9 responses to “Comment Of The Day: Afternoon Ethics Jolt, 8/3/2018: “A Lawyer Finds A New Way To Be Unethical, Verizon Makes Our Kids Obnoxious And Ignorant, And The Times Decides To Show Its Colors…”

  1. Chris Marschner_

    A spark of hope. The question remains will the embers of fact based journalism at some point be fully extinguished?

  2. That is sad, that they are so blinded by the planks in their eyes, that even a colleague asking for a check on their direction evokes this mob hysteria.

    My dwindling hope at this point is some visionary owner realizes this and enforces some balanced behaviors. If the platform is already major enough, the people tired of all the rhetoric will flock. I’m hungry for more trustworthy platforms. I am so disappointed in how so MANY have fallen to the Dark Side.

  3. Tippy Scales writes:

    There are lots of white people out there in middle America who don’t appreciate being constantly dogged by these elitists. “Dear white people” crap is everywhere. Vox has dozens of articles like “Things white people have messed up about Christmas.”

    I love being a reporter, but for 2-3 years now I’ve been downright ashamed of my profession. I honestly can’t look anyone in the eye and tell them most of the media isn’t biased. The fact that I got attacked for my Facebook post pretty much proves it.

    A few hours after my post, a former colleague sent me a private message and told me she loved my post. Of course, she was too afraid to like it on Facebook.

    That should tell you everything you need to know. It’s goddamn scary.

    Yes, weakness is indeed scary, as is cowardice. Hard to live with oneself.

    The origin of white self-hatred needs to be addressed, for if that were not the real problem it would be impossible that these open attacks would go on.

    How the psychological process leading to internalized self-hatred came about, that is the exciting question to be asked … and answered.

    How self-respect and also self-empowerment is recovered, and how power is channeled to re-establish self-empowerment and self-respect, is (apparently!) the most difficult thing.

    What I get from reading your complaint is that you hope that this present situation will blow over? That those who stage the attacks will think better of it? Have a change of heart? That they will eventually be reasoned with? That they will stop? You are not seeing reality.

    I think an interesting area of speculation is to wonder how this is all going to end. Where is it leading?

    What will be the counter-movement? How could a counter-movement begin?

    I assume that you have no idea at all about that. All you have is the vague hurt-feeling complaint.

    As a reported: report on the activists that are actually working to address the weakness and fearfulness of whites. You will be fired instantly!

    Wait a little. The tide is quickly turning. 😉

  4. PennAgain

    I remember having an earache when I was a child, and everything I heard came blurred and echo-y and didn’t quite reach my brain. Since the mind wasn’t turned on, it never occurred to me to try to explain that I wasn’t hearing properly, and I just kept repeating the last thing I’d said before the deafness set in, which was (politely spoken), “Too bad for you; I won’t change my mind.” Fortunately I came out of the fog after a medicinal sleep following most of a day of my family haranguing me about something I hadn’t even tried to understand. They had seemed very far away and not quite real. … Akin to thinking they were all living in “flyover” states-of-mind so anything they said did not need to be thought about and they were arguing with me about nothing important: it just didn’t get through.

  5. Steve

    Tippy is there any movement at all that seems it may bring back some professionalism to journalism? Is there any school or professional organization trying to reverse course?

    • Other Bill

      Thanks, TS. She’s just a standard issue product of the American academy, Steve. These products are beginning to infest the working world. Here she is in her own words without any “context” I can see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqz3X2H-f0w

      • Other Bill

        And TS, you may be discouraged by the response from your fellows in journalism. Frankly, I’m encouraged that there’s you and your friend who responded to you in secret. That’s a start. It’s two more than I figured there were.

  6. Another reporter for a national organization, who once worked for my newspaper, took the stance that’s become the official leftist talking point on this matter: What this woman tweeted wasn’t so bad, because minorities have been oppressed, and white people are evil, and blah blah blah.

    I wonder if he would excuse Julius Streicher.

  7. Congrats on the COTD. We appreciate your inside viewpoint

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