There are enough unethical, dumb, disturbing and occasionally illuminating tweets from organizations and public figures every day to devote a whole blog to them; indeed, this is what Twitchy does, albeit with a strong conservative bias. I’m not going to make a habit of it, but these are too ethically provocative to pass up:
1. Here’s a tweet from conservative host and pundit Erick Erickson, a prominent NeverTrumper:
What does this even mean? The Constitution insists on free speech; how is the government enforcing Constitutional principles that ensure freedom, “not free’? The Executive Order he was reacting to only affects government-supported colleges and universities (obviously). Erickson is no idiot: this is Trump Derangement—if President Trump does it, it’s wrong— at its saddest. Combine that with Twitter, and the result is sadly predictable.
2. I don’t see how anyone can argue with Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway here, reacting to a tweet from CNN legal commentator (and Democrat) that is part of a general effort by the mainstream media to cushion the blow for “resistance” members when the Mueller report fails to show that President Trump had a traitorous deal with Russia to steal the election:
- Phillips didn’t fight in the Vietnam War, and this has been known for more than a month. The Post didn’t check its facts.
- That statement by Phillips was a lie. A retraction by the Post was called for, not eliminating the evidence.
- The Post announced that it was eliminating the tweet, but that’s not the ethical way for newspapers to deal with errors.
4. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says and tweets so many ridiculous and alarming things that I resist the temptation to use her as daily titillation, especially since the conservative news media is addicted to her. However, this tweet warrants exposure:
Such a statement reveals ignorance, arrogance, and an ethical void. It is also the perfect expression of the “Do something!’ mentality that is built on pure rationalization. Citizens in a democracy don’t have any obligation to devise their own alternative policies if they want to object to bad ones. Nor does Ocasio-Cortez have the right to frame the issue in such a way as to limit dissent. Critics don’t necessarily agree that there is a crisis, and if they do, they may not agree on the scope and nature of the crisis. Decision-making and management don’t require that a bad idea, an irresponsible policy, poorly conceived plan or flawed logic must be the default consensus just because no good ideas, sound policies, realistic plan or compelling logic to address a problem have been found. In fact, competent decision-making and management require the opposite approach.
Then there’s the matter of Ocasio-Cortez sounding like a totalitarian, which is the only government that would have a prayer of enacting a crack-brain scheme like her “Green New Deal.” No, you fool: you’re not in charge of anything. The people are in charge.