…and whatever THIS is…
The jaw-dropping video above has nothing to do with ethics, but after stumbling across this weird and wonderful act late, late last night in a 1944 B-movie musical revue called “Broadway Rhythm,” I’ve decided that the Ross Sisters need to be rescued from obscurity. We will never see the likes of this again. You decide whether that’s a good thing or not….
1. It’s nice to see the Times confessing that it’s a partisan hack news source, don’t you think? When I posted about the unethical Times headline yesterday (“ASSAILING HATE, BUT NOT GUNS”), I had no idea that a controversy had already erupted over the previous and subsequently removed headline in an earlier edition (“TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM”), which was attacked as being not negative enough about the President, or that the Times had replaced it in response to an outcry from its main audience, Democrats and Trump-haters.
How can the Times or its defenders pretend to claim that the paper has any integrity at all after such a craven and obviously biased performance?
In a Bizarro World spin job, the Times editor actually described the fiasco this way: “People think we are an important and necessary institution and they hold us to a high standard.”
A “high standard” by a news organization is embodied by switching from an objective statement of facts to a partisan and biased one, after anti-Trump readers object! Good is bad, right is wrong, objective reporting is a mistake, the New York Times is the epitome of American journalism.
Nah, there’s no mainstream news media bias!
2. It’s official: nobody knows what racism means any more. Comic Chris Rock concocted a gag meme for Instagram:
Get it? “Betty White” as in “Bet he white!” Ok, it may not be not Oscar Wilde, but it’s clever enough for Instagram. Yet Rock was attacked for being “racist,” not counting the critics who thought he was wishing for the beloved comic actress to be mowed down in a hail of bullets. (Social media is good for causing the idiots among us to self-identify.)
There is nothing racist about the meme. Nothing. NOTHING. Rock’s meme is not suggesting that one race is inferior to another. He is stating a fact—a couple, in fact. The vast, vast majority of mass shooters (and serial killers) are white males. Not all of them, but almost all, which is what make is a bet, and a wise one. The other fact is that when educated, informed people hear about such shootings as we had last week, they assume that either the shooter is a Muslim terrorist, or a crazy white dude.
“If a white person posted this about black people their career would be over but when it’s the other way around nobody gives two shits,” read one social media commenter. “You can’t fight racism with racism, you’re just contributing to the problem. Sad a 17-year-old kid has to say this.”
Yup, it’s sad our 17-year-olds lack the abilities of critical thought and analogy. Rock’s meme wasn’t trying to fight racism, and merely mentioning race doesn’t make observations racist. If a white person posted this about black people, it would be immediately recognized as nonsense. Nobody, even white racists, think that blacks are typical mass shooters.
I’m praying that Rock, who has thus far been adamant about refusing to buckle to political correctness and social media mobs, continues to have the integrity not to apologize.
PLEASE, Chris. You’re my only hope.
3. Wisdom from the most ridiculous Democratic Presidential candidate—yes, even worse than Bernie. The New York Times interviewed New Age guru Marianne Williamson about her controversial statements about depression and its treatment. She is learning how to double-talk her way out of a dumb assertion, I’ll give her that, but her most interesting comment came in this exchange:
Times: If an argument is more nuanced than can fit in a tweet, and you try to put it in one, that nuance gets lost. But people still read it.
Williamson: I think that is a legitimate challenge to me. I feel in my career that I have been very careful. And what I hear you saying is that I should be more careful with Twitter. God knows in the last few weeks, you’d better believe I looked at tweets and regretted it.
I can see now that Twitter is not the best place to weigh in on such a serious topic. There, yes, I think you’re right.
Marshall: Ya THINK??? Every day pundits, journalists, politicians, the President of the United States and Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet out inadequately thought out, lazily worded and simplistically expressed opinions on matters requiring more nuance and exposition than Twitter’s limitations can possibly accommodate. They do this because they rely on the even more lazy and intellectually deficient general public to accept such half-assed posturing as profound. It’s an insult, and it makes everyone concerned more opinionated with less justification.
4. When Fred calls, I answer. Retired Ethics Alarms story scout Fred sent me this Babylon Bee link, which begins thusly:
Yes, it’s been around a while, but it shows that a) in the battle between dishonest fake factchecker site Snopes and the openly fake news site, satire is easily winning over partisan hackery, and b) I’m an idiot. With every TV current events satire performer on TV spending every minute attacking the President, Republicans and conservatives, I never suspected that a single deft source of targeted satire from the other side of the political spectrum would be viewed by the Progressive and Resistance Collectives as a threat to be intercepted and destroyed.
Boy, talk about a flat learning curve! These people hate dissent, in whatever form it arrives, and effective dissent worst of all. Focus, Jack.
Ethics Alarms is still banned from Facebook, after all. [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon]
NOTICE of CORRECTION: The original headline included “doxxing,” because the post about Rep. Castro publishing the names of his district’s Trump donors began as an item here. However, as sometimes happens, it became too long, and I excised it to post as a separate entry. I forgot to fix the headline, though.