And now, a brief note on ethics, leadership, and English comprehension….
President Trump did not say or imply that Kim Jong Un wasn’t responsible for the death of Otto Warmbier. Of course he’s responsible, just as President Trump is responsible for anything his government does. Ken Lay claimed that he didn’t know that his company was one big scam, and anything is possible, I guess. But as CEO, he was unquestionably responsible.
President Trump is getting clobbered on all sides for saying, regarding the late American student who was put in a coma by harsh treatment by North Korea, during Kim’s regime “He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word.”
Yes, it was a stupid, needlessly provocative, politically inept thing to say. However, I have been hearing talking heads all over the news stations falsely stating that Trump said Kim Jong Un wasn’t responsible. Words matter, and so do basic ethics terms. A leader is both responsible and accountable for wrongdoing by his or her organization. If he or she doesn’t know about what he or she needs to know, that’s a breach of duty. Are journalists this stupid and ignorant, or are they just trying to make the public dumber? “Trump tried to assure reporters at a press conference Thursday that Kim wasn’t responsible for Warmbier’s harsh captivity, which left him with extensive brain damage,” writes the Hill.writes the Hill.
FALSE. Fake news. And yes, that misrepresentation matters.
Allow me to recall that when Obama’s IRS illicitly abused its power to hamstring Tea Party groups during the 2012 elections, the President Claimed that he knew nothing about it. My response at the time was ‘maybe, but he’s still responsible, and should be held accountable.’ I was right.
Maybe the news media is confused now because they helpfully conflated knowledge with responsibility to bail Obama out of a scandal.