Too many festering ethics issues to cover in as much detail as they deserve…
1. The deterioration of the New York Times, and with it respectable print journalism, continues. Over the weekend, the Times published a very large, front page diagram showing the President in the middle of a circle of indicted aides, advisers and others with some connection to his campaign. (I’m looking at it right now; I can’t find a version on the web to post.) It belongs in the Guilt by Association Hall of Shame, and some other shameful halls as well. Literally none of the indictments involve any campaign activities by Trump or his campaign that would constitute illicit cooperation with Russia to affect the 2016 election—you know, the supposed point of having a Special Counsel. The bulk are so-called “process” violations, which means that the individuals lied in some aspect of the investigation, and was charged to pressure him to “flip” on the President.The one individual whose charges are linked to Trump is Michael Cohen, whose actual crimes had nothing to do with Trump, and whose alleged crime involving Trump–paying off an adulterous sex partner to keep quiet—is probably not a crime at all, even though Cohen pleaded guilty to it to save his skin.. The graphic proves nothing and clarifies nothing. It is just raw meat for Trump-haters, asserting guilt without substance. Similar circles could be assembled around many, many national figures and politicians (Bill Clinton comes to mind, and Barack Obama), especially following two years of targeting their associates.
2. Ann Althouse vivisects Tom Brokaw. Just go to this link and read Ann’s expert commentary on Tom Brokaw’s bizarre turn on “Meet the Press,” and the even more bizarre tweets he issued to apologize to the social media mob for opining that “Hispanics should work harder at assimilation.” (Hispanics assimilate just fine, especially when they are here legally.)
Yes, poor Tom really did tweet, ” my tweet portal is whack i hv been trying to say i am sorry i offended and i so appreciate my colleague.”
3. This would be an unethical quote of the day except that CNN fake media ethics watchdog Brian Stelter says and writes unethical things so often that it is no longer worth highlighting. Stelter re-tweeted with favor this quote from a panelist on his show as they discussed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex:
“She’s got a target on her back because she ticks every box that makes conservative men uncomfortable.”
Of course, this is pure race- and gender-baiting, the progressive and media reflex response to any criticism of female or minority Democrats, and insulting to women and progressive men as well. I assume many of the latter—the smart ones, anyway—are also made “uncomfortable” by arrogant, ignorant, under-qualified, anti-Semitic, Socialist naifs who garner a disproportionate amount of publicity while advocating absurd and irresponsible policies. A member of Congress who blathers like AOC would be like fingernails on a blackboard if she were a midde-aged he of Nordic descent.
Boy, Stelter is terrible. I hereby apologize to Howard Kurtz for being so hard on him when he had Stelter’s job. Compared to Stelter, Howard is me.
4. This would be an ethical quote of the day except that it is so obvious, and the only thing unusual about it is that the speaker is another CNN race-baiter like Brian Stelter. The bipartisan criminal justice reform act, signed into law last month by President Trump, was overwhelmingly supported bySenate Democrats. In the House, however, 57 Democrats, including Reps. John Lewis, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Elijah Cummings and Al Green voted against the law, which had been championed by African American activists. In a remarkable burst of candor, CNN African-American commentator Van Jones, a supporter of the bill, said,
“I think privately, they just didn’t want Trump to have a victory.”
That is also why the Democrats refuse to compromise on Trump’s wall, even to benefit the “Dreamers” they hold so dear.
Petty, vindictive and stupid is no way to run a country, son…
5. What life is like without freedom of speech...Naturally, the story hails from England, where Humberside Police questioned Harry Miller for more than half an hour because he “liked” a tweet that mocked the transgender persons. The grilling questioned his “thinking” and his reasons for liking the tweet. Miller wrote, describing the episode on social media, “I asked if any came close to being criminal…and he read me a limerick. Honestly. A limerick. A cop read me a limerick over the phone.” After telling the PC he did not write it, Miller says the copper replied: “Ah. But you liked it and promoted it. It’s not a crime, but it will be recorded as a hate incident.”
I must add that what Miller liked was dumb, unfunny, not clever, and most of all, not a limerick. Not even close.
6. From the “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind’s made up!” files. A new study conducted by the New York City Hospitality Alliance indicates that as widely predicted by anyone with a smattering of economic literacy who wasn’t lobotomized by progressive cant, the city’s extreme minimum wage hike is costing workers hours and income. Surveying 574 restaurants, the study found that 75% of full-service establishments plan to cut employee hours, and 47 percent will eliminate jobs entirely in response to the forced minimum wage hikes.In 2018, 77% of full-service restaurants reduced employee hours and 36% cut jobs, also in response to the mandated wage increases.
When the increase went through and my left-wing, knee-jerk Facebook friends began cheering, I nicely pointed out that with their progressive can virtue-signaling they were revealing their ignorance. The response was that “experts disagree.” [Source: Reason]
7. Covington Catholic Students Ethics Train Wreck. Bishop Foys of Covington sent a letter of apology to the students and their parents that he had previously condemned the boys over false accusations of racist behavior arising from a deceptively edited video and the credulous acceptance of a Native American activist’s lies. One part of the letter is especially disturbing:
“We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.”
What good are supposed moral authorities if they are so cowardly and without integrity that they betray their own rather than stand up for their rights and defend them? How can such people be trusted to teach the young? How does one “bully” the Catholic Church, if it is guided by the principles and values it claims to be?
8. Just curious: Who read or heard any mainstream media reports about the fact that Democratic operatives, funded by Democrat tech billionaire Reid Hoffman, ran a Russian-style disinformation campaign on Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections? American Engagement Technologies (AET), founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, accordi8ng to Facebook’s ad archives. The two pages were devised to looks and read like they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.The pages encouraged conservative voters to either stay home in November or vote for Democrats to punish Republican House members for their ineptitude.
There is an obvious double standard and hypocrisy issue here, but I’ll let you define it yourself.
9. Finally and sadly...Young, brilliant, jotous African American Red Sox star and recently-minted MVP Mookie Betts now says that he will not join the team when it is feted at the White House. This is a bad thing all around, but I can’t blame Mookie, who is a smart young man but also vulnerable to the core false narrative, or Progressive/mainstream media Big Lie if you prefer, that the President of the United States is a racist. Such championship team visits to the White House are unifying and healthy for the nation, but the plan is to rob this President from all the trappings and honors of the office. Mookie is helping out the “resistance” as an innocent dupe who believes what he is told.
I don’t want to think about it any more.