Hello, I must be going…
Ugh! Big seminar to teach at a downtown D.C. law firm and no time to linger! Some quick ethics notes…
1. The Nike pander. Can a TV commercial be pandering to one side of the political spectrum and dubious ethical conduct more? In the new Adidas ad, Colin Kaepernick, grandstanding boob, is treated like a cultural hero. So is one of the most abrasive of the Parkland shooting anti-gun kids, and Serena Williams. It made me wonder what was the matter with the other pseudo-celebrities who quickly crossed my vision: I assume that they are ethics corrupters too. Like Nike…
2. So much for Plan E. Plan E is the 25th Amendment impeachment plot (the whole list of Democratic and “resistance” plans to undo the election is here.) President Trump gave Fox and Friends another of his hyper-energized monologues today, over 45 minutes-worth. He still sounds like Trump, but anyone listening to that who wants to claim the man is disabled will have a lot of explaining to do. I dare Nancy Pelosi to free-style for 45 minutes without crashing and burning.
3. Maybe this will be Plan O: After the President’s rant, Fox and Friends’ co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked the President to wish her father a happy birthday over the air, which he graciously did. I’m not sure what was horrible about that, but I’m sure someone will claim that it is a dangerous breach of some “norm” or other.
4. Now, impeaching Fox talking heads is another story. The K-pop group NCT 127 appeared on Fox’s Good Day L.A. yesterday. Following their performance, band member Mark Lee told co-host Megan Colarossi—guess what color her hair is? Come on, guess!— that he is from Vancouver. She responded with, “Very cool, your English is awesome. I love it.”
Asked one Twitter wag…“I mean he’s from Canada, what is he supposed to speak, moose?”
Why should the public trust the news media when so many of them regularly expose themselves as idiots?
5. Quickie Ethics Quiz: If you take up two spaces with your fancy-schmancy BMW, but pay for both of them, is it still unethical?
6. Tom Selleck goes soft. In a recent episode of the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” (known around our house as “The Conflict of Interest Family,” Police Chief Tom was lectured by his PR aide about how horrible it was that an illegal alien, arrested for a minor infraction, now faced deportation, who argued (I’m paraphrasing, since my head was exploding during the speech, “He has a job, is raising a family, he’s made a life for himself, and now, because of an over-zealous rookie cop, he’s going to be sent back to Venezuela!” Commissioner Reagan looked perplexed. What he should have said was, “Garrett, if we are going to enforce the law according to what admirable things people do with what they steal, we won’t have any law, or respect for the police either. The man is here illegally, and I don’t care whether he was arrested for assault or spitting on the sidewalk. He has no right to be here.