Saturday Ethics Notables. 5/18/2019: More Social Media Partisan Censorship, A-Rod’s Potty And Ian’s Potty Mouth…

Why, I asked, on such a beautiful May day, am I inside writing about ethics? And my wife turned into Hymen Roth…

1. PLEASE stop making me defend Alex Rodriguez, who is one of my least favorite human beings, never mind former athletes, on the planet, and yet…this is a strict Golden Rule issue. The ex-Yankees (also Texas and Seattle) slugger  was photographed sitting on his toilet in his luxury apartment’s bathroom. The shot was apparently taken by a rogue photographer in a high rise office building next to the apartment building where A-Rod shares a  $17.5 million apartment with Jennifer Lopez, whose movies are now beneath those of Adam Sandler and Tom Arnold on my playlist.

Legal precedent in New York suggests than  Rodriquez has no case, because in 2015, an appeals court ruled that a gallery show of images snapped through less famous New Yorkers’ windows by an “artist” was not a privacy violation. (I wrote about that photographer here; perhaps the title gives you a sense of where I came out on my analysis: “Why Photographer Arne Svensen Is An Unethical Creep”]

Fine, I see the legal point. If you don’t want people taking photos of you, then keep your window blinds down. However,just because you can do something crappy to another human being doesn’t make it right.

Even if it’s a crappy human being.

2. While we’re on the subject of…baseball players…here’s Ian Kinsler, veteran second baseman , once a star, now desperately hanging on, breaching the professional standards he once claimed to revere. Now with the San Diego Padres, Kinsler went into a game last week  hitting .171/.230/.316, which, in case baseball statistics aren’t your thing, is terrible.  Padres fans have been booing him, so after Kinsler hit a go-ahead three-run homer, he raised both arms as he crossed the plate, looked up into the crowd,  and told the  the hometown fans, “Fuck you! Fuck you all!” At least that’s what video lip readers determined, and Kinsler backed up that analysis by telling his team mates as he returned to the dugout, “Fuck every single one of these fucks.”

Players have been fined and suspended for flashing the Fickle Finger at fans during games, and I assume Kinsler will be as well. Booing players is unethical behavior unless they do something like, say, shouting “fuck you” at fans or loafing during games: baseball is hard, and it’s especially hard when age has robbed you of your talents and you are holding on by your fingernails. Nonetheless, insulting home town fans is an especially egregious breach of professionalism. Kinsler compounded his offense by denying that his outburst was aimed at the fans. He said he was trying to rouse his club. Why he thought shouting “fuck” at the fans would inspire the Padres is a mystery.

Sure, Ian.

3. It appears that social media is no longer even pretending not to be censoring conservative viewpoints to protect progressives and Democrats:

  • Conservative African American pundit—Can’t have THOSE!—Candace Owens posted on Facebook , “Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax. White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is.” She then included a screenshot of a tweet showing that the poverty rate amongst married blacks is 7 per cent, compared to 22 per cent for blacks generally.

Facebook suspended her account, sending her this notice:

She wrote, fairly, “Facebook has allowed every post that has falsely and horribly accused @realDonaldTrump of white supremacy to remain on its platform,” said Owens. “But when a black woman begins discussing the TRUTH—which is that liberal policies have systematically ruined black homes—they censor.”

  •  Greg Scott, director of media at The Heritage Foundation tweeted  an article about Mary Gregory, the biological male powerlifter  who identifies as a woman and who has been disqualified from competing in women’s weightlifting. (I wrote about this situation here) . The NBC News headline said Mary was “stuck on the sidelines,” and Scott tweeted, “He is not ‘stuck on the sidelines.’ He is free to compete against other men. The whole ‘I was astonished’ act is tired and dishonest. If any competitive sport highlights the differences [between] men & women that EVERYONE KNOWS ARE REAL, it is powerlifting.”

    This is hate speech, you see, because it contradicts leftist cant. Twitter locked Scott out of his account for violating  its rules against “hateful conduct.”

Wrote Paul Joseph Nelson on Summit News about the Owens ban:

There can no longer even be a pretense that Facebook is acting with impartiality. It’s a Democratic Party front group….The media freaked out over a few Russians buying Facebook ads. They called it “election meddling”.

This is election meddling.

I don’t see how anyone can honestly dispute that. But I’m sure the same people who deny that there is any pro-Democrats mainstream media bias will do exactly that.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Ethics Notables. 5/18/2019: More Social Media Partisan Censorship, A-Rod’s Potty And Ian’s Potty Mouth…

  1. I’ve noticed that when I post something inane or mildly humorous, I’ll get between a handful and few dozen “likes”. If I post something remotely politically or socially conservative (or critical of a Facebook sponsor), I get ZERO.

    Facebook’s algorithms just don’t show them to others.

    • Yep. I made two posts about the collapse of the Russian collusion story with the release of the Mueller report; crickets.

  2. I am less and less convinced I should even force myself to make an account when a novel reaches publishable stage. I do not want to censor myself to that level forever in the big stages. I’m sure I’d make fodder for some gotcha even as a middle of the road. But their tolerance is not that fine-grained,

      • SFF with some fanfic on the side. I want to feature heroes or people trying for redemption for the ways they’ve screwed up. One SF features an assassin, and the other Fantasy. against the empire epic. Revising is the issue, sadly. As I want heroes who struggle with doing the right thing instead of the cheap and entitled justifications in recent Hollyweird. Yes, I write female leads who sweat and bleed and mess up on their Hero’s Journey. (The literary ‘heroine’s journey’ is a cop out for lack of character growth- because the heroine is already perfect…. sound familiar?) Fanfic has ranged from Trek to videogames to Star Wars… there you can dive right into existing flaws without the set-up.

        But most of the sell your book advice is focused on FB and Twitter presence to build audience awareness. My one novel includes issues that would be instantly attacked on those progressive platforms, so it was stuffed in a trunk in favor of the other one. And of late new authors, even if they get a mainline publisher, are expected to be pushing hard on social media. But I doubt I can trust them to just let me present my ideas without bringing in their narratives and overriding the writer’s narrative.

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