Now there’s a tidal wave of too many ethics stories and issues to cover…
…and more than ever, I feel that an impeachment information and analysis website is essential, a civic obligation, and likley to foce me to live out of a cardboard box. I also need to get Mrs. Q’s featured column launched. Naturally, I leave on another ethics seminar road trip today.
If the Red Sox were in the post-season, I’d have to shoot myself…
1. The up-side of the NBA’s cowardly pandering to China and its suppression of basic human rights…we learned what a shallow hypocrite LeBron James is. Of course, many of us knew this when James did his grandstanding champion of social justice act and extolled Colin Kaepernick’s useless and incoherent protest. “I stand with anyone who believes in change,” the B-ball superstar said, as if that means something. It was still enough to attract excessive praise from the sports media. Last week, however, as the Los Angeles Lakers returned home from a week-long tour of China, James said,
“Yes, we do have freedom of speech. But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke.”
Morey, the Houston Rockets GM who tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters resisting China’s iron boot, only lacked education on how venal and without principles his league was, including stars like James. Morey was “thinking of others”: he was thinking of the people of Hong Kong desperately trying to hold on to as much liberty as they can. No, he wasn’t thinking about James’s giant paycheck, which is clearly all LeBron cares about.
He can take solace in a victory in the NBA’s “It’s not the worst thing” sweepstakes. San Farncisco Warriors coach Steve Kerr, when asked if he’d ever been confronted about human rights abuses on earlier trips to China, Kerr replied, “No. Nor has (America’s) record of human rights abuses come up either… People in China didn’t ask me about, you know, people owning AR-15s and mowing each other down in a mall.”
That’s right, Steve, there is obvious moral equivalency between China’s 30-65 million mass murders and its current oppressive government, and the United States of America.
2. Irony: the news media can be trusted not to report on the evidence that shows how untrustworthy the news media is. NBC News is denying investigative journalist Ronan Farrow claims in his forthcoming book, “Catch and Kill,” that the network tried to conceal complaints about the former “Today” host Matt Lauer as well as actively obstructing Farrow’s reporting into the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Farrow’s book also reveals that Hillary Clinton pressured him to drop the investigation into Harvey Weinstein, whose history as a serial sexual harasser, assaulter, and rapist was being discovered even as he was assisting Hillary’s campaign. So far, only Hollywood pariah Rose McGowan (who says Weinstein raped her) has reacted appropriately, tweeting, “I knew that Hillary Clinton’s people, were protecting the Monster. I can’t believe I used to support her. I guess predators are her style.”
Well, better late than never, Rose. It was obvious that predators were Hillary’s style approximately 30 years ago, but welcome to enlightenment. A smart, level-headed female Ethics Alarms reader recently chastised me in an email for being mean to Hillary Clinton, saying she was a good person. Why do people believe that? Why did people ever believe that?
3. Well, I’ve turned my Harvard College diploma to the wall, and I guess my Georgetown Law Center diploma is next. Kevin K. McAleenan, the now resigned acting Secretary of Homeland Security, was prevented from speaking at Georgetown University Law Center by student demonstrators who shouted down his planned keynote address. Apparently they are under the impression that immigration laws shouldn’t be enforced, and that it is wrong to try to enforce them.
This is some group of future lawyers you are training, GULC.
As soon as McAleenan was introduced to give a speech hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, about a dozen angry law students in the crowd stood up holding signs saying, “Stand with immigrants” and “Hate is not normal.” McAleenan tried to speak, but was drowned out by chants of: “When immigrants are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back.”
You know, the law is about precision of thought and language. If GULC’s students don’t comprehend the distinction between “immigrants” and “illegal immigrants,” the far more subtle distinctions required in legal practice are certain to elude them.
The law students who spoke to the media confirmed my assessemnt that the law school has failed its duty to educate. First-year law student Daniel Berchenko told the BBC that “silencing the oppressor” is a duty. Sabiya Ahmed, a third-year law student, told the BBC that silencing a speaker is better than debating him. “If we think that there needs to be a discussion around [Trump administration immigration policy], that there’s room for discussion around whether those policies are justified, I think there’s something really wrong with us. So when we saw him leave, I was just, we started clapping.”
Challenged as to whether he is personally oppressed by the state, Berchenko ridiculously replied, “Something that is very important to me is that you don’t need to be affected by something to understand that it’s wrong.”
4. The Hunter Biden Saga. I find it impossible to believe that the Democrats and news media will be able to thread the needle and focus on the President’s request to investigate Hunter Biden without revealing to the world, and certainly the public, how corrupt and legitimately worth investigating Joe Biden’s son’s machinations were.
Althouse has comments about Hunter’s ABC interview, and Professor Turley has a post up at The Hill wondering why the news media has gone to such lengths to avoid examining Biden’s conduct. Oh, he knows why. Turley concludes,
All of this should be of some interest to the media, which has exhaustively – and rightfully – pursued foreign deals by the Trump family. And there is no reason why the media cannot pursue allegations against both the Trumps and the Bidens. That, however, would counter the narrative that there’s “nothing wrong” with Hunter Biden’s dealings and that it’s all a “lie” that’s best to ignore.