1. Serena ethics updates An indignant Facebook friend appeals to authority by telling me that Chris Evert and Billie Jean King are defending Williams, and that they know more about professional tennis than I do. That’s a classic appeal to authority, and a very lame one. What a surprise that female tennis superstars have each others’ back! Chris and Billie Jean sure aren’t ethicists. I’d love to interview them. “So you believe that coaching from the stands, even though forbidden by the rules, should be allowed? Do you think that an unknown player who behaved like Serena did would have been treated any differently? Do you think that anyone would be supporting her if she were penalized? Since the record shows that Ramos does not treat men any differently than he treats women on the court, doesn’t Serena owe him an apology? Can you comprehend why calling a ref, whose reputtaion depends on being regarded as fair and unbiased, a “thief” is worse that calling him a “four-letter word”?
The polls about Mark Knight’s “racist and sexist” cartoon has these results:
85% side with Knight. I’d love to hear the explanation of the one voter who said the cartoon was sexist but not racist.
The reason I made the issue an ethics quiz is because I’m really torn in the issue. Yes, cartoons of blacks employing exaggerated features naturally evoke Jim Crow and minstrel show racist images. But political cartoons exaggerate features, often in unflattering ways. That’s the art form. Does this mean that blacks are immune from ever being portrayed cruelly in a political cartoon? I think that’s what the anti-Knight contingent is arguing.
My view is that double standards are destructive and unethical. By the by, were Jimmy Carter’s lips that big?
2. Nah, the Justice Department and FBI were completely apolitical and never out to undermine Donald Trump! Newly released documents obtained by Congress reveal an “apparent systemic culture of media leaking” among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wrote in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein yesterday. Meadows wrote that a review of the new documents raised “grave concerns” that the officials were leaking unverified material related to ongoing investigations to the press in an effort to damage President Trump early in his presidency.
Two newly revealed text messages exchanged in April 2017 between now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page indicate that this is a fair assessment. Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017, “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”
Media leak strategy?
Two days later, Strzok wrote back ,”Well done, Page,” and told her that two negative articles would soon drop about Page’s “namesake,” referring to Carter Page, Trump’s former campaign adviser. The text messages “should lead a reasonable person to question whether there was a sincere desire to investigate wrongdoing or to place derogatory information in the media to justify a continued probe,” wrote Meadows.
The “resistance,” however, is not reasonable, and the news media will ensure that as few Americans know about these texts as possible. Guess which news source broke this story…come on, guess.
3. Good News! The mainstream news media is positively giddy that a recent poll shows the President’s approval rating down 6 points in a week. After all, they reason that this means their relentless strategy to undermine the President’s support and prime the voting booths for a Democratic take-over of Congress is working. My analysis is that this more incompetent (Hanlon’s Razor says that it isn’t deliberate) misreading of data that isn’t reliable to begin with. If 6% can flip in a week, they can flip back again just as fast. Moreover, with this President, “approval” doesn’t mean what it used to. Who approves of boorishness, boasting, trolling and chaotic management? I have never approved of Trump’s character or methods, and never will, but that doesn’t mean that I will support a coup to remove him, which is how too many Democrats to ignore are framing the Fall elections.
I would have been amazed if the combination of the disgraceful McCain funeral Trump-bashing, the anonymous Times op-ed and the latest Woodard gossip fest following on the heels of the Michael Cohen scandal didn’t affect the polls, especially since the news media reporting ensured that all of this blotted out substantive news.
4. Because there is no right to hold political protests on the job...The Pacific Northwest burger chain Burgerville, responding to employees wearing pins and buttons reading “Abolish ICE” and “No one is illegal,” has now issued an official policy banning such behavior.
“Some of our employees have been wearing buttons expressing their political views at work. While Burgerville had a long-standing verbal policy prohibiting the wearing of personal buttons, we did not have a written policy about this,” the company said in a statement. “The company is adopting one that represents our long-standing commitment to creating a universally welcoming and inclusive environment for our customers and employees alike. We are instituting an updated uniform policy, and buttons and other messaging – both political and personal – will not be allowed. It is a policy that is common in public-facing businesses and is in alignment with our mission to Serve With Love.”
The new rule will go into effect Thursday, September 13.
Gee, I wonder why the NFL can’t make a policy like that…
5. I’m shocked–shocked!—that a sexist and ludicrous beauty pageant that should have been retired decades ago lost TV ratings after it eliminated its swim-suit competition! OK, I predicted this, along with many others, here, in June. Ratings for the new “woke,” as in jaw-droppingly stupid, Atlantic City pageant dropped 23%, which is even more of a plunge than the opening of the NFL season, now with kneeling Dolphins. Really, who wouldn’t want to hear fascinating current events commentary like this, from the winner of the interview segment, about the NFL?
Kneeling during the national anthem is absolutely a right that you have…
[Psst! No, it isn’t, absolutely or otherwise.]
…to stand up for what you believe in, and to make the right decision that’s right for you.
[Ethics foul! What’s “right for you” isn’t necessarily right, you idiot—Oswald felt shooting President Kennedy was right for him.]
But it’s also not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality.
[Huh? If it’s not about kneeling, why are the players kneeling? What is meant by police brutality? Proven police brutality? Police brutality against all races and creeds? Is any police action against unarmed African Americans brutality? Is law enforcement inherently brutality? Do you have any idea what the hell you are blathering about?]
International Ms 2018 Lisa Van Orden told the Daily news that this was the first time the televised pageant truly showed how smart the contestants were. I don’t know about the first time claim, but it certainly showed that.