Regrettably, I’ll have to be writing about the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Ethics Train Wreck at length, since it is deteriorating further has clearly merged with the Harvey Weinstein Ethics Train Wreck AND the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck (the most dangerous of them all). To begin this day without a primal scream , however, let’s speak of other things, of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.
You know. Ethics.
1.Sentencing ethics and the Coz. The judge in the Bill Cosby case signaled that the comic-turned-serial rapist would probably get less than three years behind bars for raping Andrea Costand in 2004, by announcing that the defense and prosecution had come to an agreement to merge the counts. Looking at the state sentencing guidelines, the judge said, and that the actor has no prior history (heads exploding all over the courtroom, but though 60 or so of Bill’s other victims have come forward, in the eys of Lady Justice, they don’t exist), he declared that once Dr. Huxtable was looking at a total jail time of 22 to 36 months.
Ah, the things lawyers have to say while defending their horrible clients! Defense team leader Joseph Green argued that Cosby’s poor upbringing and battles against discrimination in his climb to success should be mitigating factors in sentencing him. This is an old Sixties argument that was dumb then and dumb now, a non sequitur. Millions of men who grew up poor and who experienced discrimination don’t take up drugging women and molesting them as a hobby. “Eighty-one year old blind men are not dangerous,” he added, apparently forgetting the fact that Bill has the assets and the enablers—like his complicit wife, Camille–do continue his avocation should he choose.
Countering all of these desperate arguments was this observation, from D.A. Kevin Steele: “He seemingly doesn’t think he has done anything wrong. No remorse.”
Cosby deserves to die in prison, and any less of a sentence is just one more unethical nod to “The King’s Pass.”
2. Oh, great, Murphy Brown is back. Don’t these two look like fun folks to spend some light-hearted family TV time with?
That’s Candace Bergen, aka Murphy Brown, and series creator Diane English. As the New York Times explains it, the show’s creator and star feels the resurrection of the insufferably smug, liberal broadcast media-cheering sitcom from the 90’s was needed, so someone could be bashing President Trump on TV. After all, nobody else is…just all Saturday Night Live, the late night shows, about six cable shows, and the real news media. And there are all those shows that mock the senile House Minority leader, the pathetic angry Presidential election loser, the socialist documentary-maker who abuses his employees, the Senator who claims to be Spartacus, the other Senator who says she’s a Native American, and people who wear pussy hats. Wait–there aren’t any of those, are there? Never mind: English says that the “resistance” needs more support on TV. As for the other half of the country, “They’re not going to watch us anyway,” she says, referring to American who think an elected President has the right to govern. “I don’t think we’re looking to bring them into the tent.”
Yes. let’s divide the nation further. That should be fun. Here is my favorite quote, from the show’s producer: “If Hillary Clinton was elected there’d be no artistic reason for this show to be on the air.” Discuss, if you like. Personally, I think that one is too easy.
The hypocrisy and dishonesty of the original show seems like it will be intact. Oh, goody. My wife and I bailed permanently on “Murphy Brown” after the star “bravely” had her fatherless baby (thus encouraging non-millionaire, real single women to do so), and the child literally disappeared except for brief moments when Murphy returned home to check in with her live-in male nanny. Amazingly, being a single mother didn’t affect Murphy’s schedule or career at all!
In the new show, we are told, Murphy will embrace #MeToo. Meanwhile, Bergen is defending Les Moonves, who was just jettisoned from CBS after many women revealed that he had Weinsteined them. Says Bergen, “I think Les’s behavior was — it was a different time. He was a different man. Is it behavior unbecoming? Yeah. But I go back with CBS, with the first ‘Murphy.’ I have great respect for Les. I would really hate to see Les go.”
Oddly, I have no respect at all for men who abuse their power and position to harm women, yet I was called a misogynist a couple of days ago, and Candace is a feminist hero.
“Murphy Brown” deserves to bomb. Where’s Charlie McCarthy when you need him?
3. Oh, I almost forgot: Candace Bergen is an Ethics Hero. Here’s why: she has the guts to look her age (72). Oh, heck, I guess I’ll have to watch her crummy show a couple of times just for that. Bergen was a famous beauty in the Sixties and Seventies, like Jane Fonda, but has been willing to let nature take its course, unlike her contemporary, Jane Fonda, who is eight years older and chooses to look like this:
You can’t look like that at 80 unless you are filthy rich and have a plastic surgeon on call 24-7. Nor should you want to, unless you think there is something shameful about getting older, and you are determined to fool the world until you fall over and shatter, like Meryl Streep and Goldie Hahn in “Death Becomes Her.” In Fonda’s case, narcissism trumps feminism.
4. Tales of no-tolerance madness and ignorance of the Ethics Incompleteness Principle. As Hurricane Florence approached, Tammie Hedges, a resident of Wayne County, North Carolina, rescued more than two dozen cats and dogs when their owners who had to evacuate before the storm hit. One elderly couple dropped off 18 of the animals, some of which were sick and injured, just before the storm. After Florence passed, Hedges was told by from Wayne County Animal Control to turn over the animals. Then they arrested her for practicing medicine without a veterinary license.
I’m pretty sure that hurricane chaos was not among the situations drafters of that law were considering, or pet owners who had to abandon their animals. This is the kind of case where prosecutorial discretion is essential. Does the state really want to stand for the proposition that it would rather see animals dead in an emergency than being saved by a volunteer? This situation is an exception, and should be treated as one. An idiot should be able to figure this out, and since Wayne County administrators apparent can’t, some idiots need to be hired to replace them.