Epic lack of interest in Ethics Alarms today…
1 . Today’s “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!” note for the day. Here’s that objective, professional, fair CNN reporter Jim Acosta (I’m fooling: he’s really a toxic, partisan, grandstanding hack) tweeting about the Presidents rally in Minneapolis:
How can anyone who tweets such offal continue to be employed as a White House correspondent? How can a news network that employs such a biased, dishonest jerkbe taken seriously?
The Q sign reference is especially egregious. “QAnon” is a weird conspiracy theory-driven sect, and the fact that some attendees at a Trump rally seem to support the nonsense—which is not worth explicating—proves nothing at all. But the rest of Acosta’s tweet is embarrassing too: the Trump campaigns have never bashed immigrants, just illegal immigrants, who ought to be bashed; hated of the press is stoked by the conduct of unethical journalists like Jim Acosta, and disruptive protesters are properly ejected from the political rallies of candidates from both parties.
2. Play-off baseball ethics update:
- Washington Nationals closer Daniel Hudson was unavailable for Game #1 of the National League Championship Series because of paternity leave. This is a benefit bargained for by the players’ union; in the “old days,” the idea of a key player absenting himself from a crucial game to attend to his child’s birth was unheard of. In Hudson’s case, the ethical thing would have been to pass on the opportunity to take the game off.
The Nationals major weakness is a terrible bullpen, and Hudson is one of the few reliable relief pitchers on the team. As it happened, the Nats won a close game, but that’s just moral luck. They might have lost because of his absence. That loss might have cost the team its chance to go to the World Series. Millions of dollars would be lost to the franchise that pays Hudson seven figures to improve its fortunes. The careers, lives and family fortunes of his team mates would be affected; the jobs and income of hundreds of merchants and others who rely on the success or failure of the team would have been put at risk. How could anyone argue that the emotional support Hudson would lend his wife during childbirth outweighs all of that, or constitutes a superior ethical obligation?
The logic that it does depends on the presumption that playing major league baseball is a less serious pursuit than other professions. A master brain surgeon would not skip life-and-death emergency surgery to witness his wife’s childbirth, would he? If the judge refused a continence when a defense lawyer was supposed to give his closing argument in a criminal case, would the lawyer feel the right choice would be to abandon his client? Do generals fly home on paternity leave as they are about to lead their troops into battle? Would an astronaut scratch a scheduled launch for paternity leave?
Baseball is as important to those who devote their lives to baseball as any of these professions are to the practitioners of them.
- There are rumors that Major League Baseball has somehow changed the ball to a less lively version for the post-season. If true, that would be a horrific breach of integrity. As destructive as the 2019 ball was to the game, that is the equipment that was used for the 162 game season for each of the play-off teams. It determined how the teams evaluated their talent, and devised their strategies. For MLB to alter the ball at the most competitive and important part of the 2019 campaign without notice or warning would be unconscionable.
3. Oops! Gotta wrap up if this is going to make it for the twelfth!