The previous time I traveled, I couldn’t get to sleep in the hotel ( as usual) until the early morning hours, and the hotel neglected to give me a wake-up call. I woke up two hours late and almost missed my engagement. Last night I couldn’t sleep (and this is a terrific hotel), finally got to sleep around 5 am…and my wake-up call came 30 minutes early. When I ignored it, the staff knocked on the door to see if I was dead…still before the time I had requested for a wake-up.
1. Facebook being Facebook. The social media giant doesn’t just censor Ethics Alarms, it censors Elizabeth Warren. Facebook removed several ads that Senator. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign published on the its platform. The ads promoted the Massachusetts Senator’s proposals to break up tech company monopolies like Facebook. The company quickly back-tracked when it got the obvious reaction for such ham-handed suppression of dissent, and claimed that it was all a big mistake. The ads were restored, it said, in the interests of “vigorous debate.”
Sure. Why am I still on Facebook?
2. Certainly we respect your moral objections to the law, Chelsea. And we expect you to respect the fact that you have to go to jail. Chelsea Manning, who in her previous incarnation as Bradley Manning committed treason by sending classified documents to Wikileaks, endangering U.S. personnel and aiding its enemies. Now she is defying a judge and refusing to testify before a grand jury despite having been given immunity, on the grounds that she has a “moral objection” to grand jury secrecy. Manning, who has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, is not a lawyer, is not a philosopher, and as a traitor (whose prison sentence was commuted by President Obama), her assessment of what is moral or ethical should carry as much weight as R. Kelly’s endorsement of women’s rights. Grand jury secrecy is essential to the justice system, of course. A judge has said that Manning will stay in jail until she testifies, and since she ought to be in jail anyway, let’s hope she maintains her “moral” stand. In reality, she is likely to only stay jailed until the grand jury is through, which will be 18 months. Pity.
If you want to begin the day with a rueful laugh, read this supportive article about Manning in “Teen Vogue.” This is why our kids grow up confused about basic values. The thrust of the piece is that because Manning’s stand is based on her principles—her principles have always been warped–, she shouldn’t have to suffer by violating the law. No, that’s not how civil disobedience works. This theory would mean, in practice, that no law-breaker could be punished as long as they claimed that they objected to the broken law “on principle.”
3. The show must go on, unless he doesn’t feel like it’s worth his time. Morrissey, the British singing star whose real name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, is starting a one-man Broadway show a la Bruce Springstein in May. The Times informs us that he has a “penchant for canceling shows on short notice,” doing so a staggering 120 times since 2012, including canceled a 2017 performance in Paso Robles, California., because it was too cold. Rock and pops singers are virtually the only people who get away with this, and then only if they are major stars. Some also are notorious for showing up late while their fans wait.
4. Norms. House anti-Semite Rep. Omar said yesterday that the President “wasn’t human.” Nice. Any guesses about what would have happened to a Republican lawmaker who opined that President Obama wasn’t human?
5. Hillary lies using fake stats, and the mainstream news media ignores the whole thing. In other words, the usual. The amazing thing about this episode is that two of the more partisan “factcheckers,” at the Washington Post and PolitiFact, actually flagged Clinton’s disinformation. The Post gave her “four pinochios,” and PolitiFact gave her its “pants on fire” rating. She was in Selma taking part in a civil rights celebration, and said,
“I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act. I’ll tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia. It made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.”
Of course, Hillary is still spinning to excuse herself from blowing her Presidential run, and engaging in race-baiting, since she is a Democrat and that’s what they do now. But she was also just making stuff up:
A. Wisconsin is not one of the Southern states that were the subject of the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on the Voting Rights Act, which was using outdated data from the Sixties to justify the Federal government vetoing state laws. Democrats regularly misrepresent the SCOTUS decision, and I doubt most American understand what it was. It definitely had no effect on Wisconsin whatsoever, and Clinton, a lawyer, DOES know that. But that’s Hillary…
B Black voters weren’t “turned away” at polling places in Wisconsin.
C. From The Intercept:
The limited academic research that directly assesses Wisconsin’s voter ID law on the black vote isinconclusive as to its effect on Clinton. A University of Wisconsin-Madison study estimates that black nonvoters in Wisconsin were more affected by the voter ID law in comparison to whites, but it also shows that lack of interest in the candidates was a much more frequent reason why nonvoters stayed home. Forty-two percent of respondents, across race, said they were unhappy with the choice of candidates or issues or that they simply were not interested. Responses indicating possible voter suppression — long lines, not being able to get an absentee ballot, not having an adequate ID, or being told at a polling place that their ID was inadequate — made up a combined 5 percent of the responses.
(From me: the claim that requiring IDs constitutes voter suppression is a Democratic presumption that the data just doesn’t support. The only Supreme Court ruling on the issue pronounced requiring identification as legal, Constitutional, and necessary. Democrats would like people to be able to vote telepathically by thinking the names of Democratic candidates in bed, without registering or having to do so at any specific time or date, because the less committed to responsible civic participation a citizen is, the less important voting is to them, and the more easily their vote is to manipulate.)
Hillary’s deception was not reported by ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, or NPR, nor by the New York Times, USA Today, or the Associated Press. The AP did do a factcheck on President Trump’s speech at CPAC, however.
As an aside, this story makes me angry at everyone who adamantly refuses to acknowledge the unethical bias of the news media and the harm it does to the nation. At this point, the denial signals personal corruption and dishonesty, and enables the news media as it continues its transformation into a partisan propaganda machine, leaving Americans without the information they need to be responsible citizens.
Fox News did reveal Hillary’s lies, clarifying why it isn’t worthy of holding a Democratic candidates debate.