1 . The progressive deterioration of the ridiculous Joy Behar. It’s clear the stress of engaging in issue debates for which she lacks the temperament, the education or the necessary data is stressing out Joy. On today’s edition of The View, some studio audience members who hadn’t received the memo that they were expected to only endorse the “views” of the correct side of the political spectrum applauded guests Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle as they supported the President. Behar snapped at them, “This is not a MAGA rally!” In such places there may be technically free speech, just not free non-conforming speech without abuse.
2. This makes no sense at all, nor is it ethical. Eric Ciaramella is the so-called whistle-blower who gave Rep. Adam Schiff the wisp of an excuse he needed to manufacture Plan S for removing the President, the supposed “quid pro quo” deal to make the Ukraine look for “dirt” on Joe Biden and his son. Lots of sources have published this—heck, I have—and no one has credibly denied it. In schoolyard terms, the cat is out of the bag. Nor is it in any way illegal for a news organization to publish what is increasingly public information. Okay, say he’s the “alleged” whistleblower.
Nonetheless, a Fox News executive sent out an email ordering Fox personnel, including hosts like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, not to mention the name on the air because the network “had not confirmed it.”
Fox News, as you know, is always so careful about the accuracy of what its talking heads say.
Fox News media ethics watchdog Howard Kurtz defended not releasing the name of the whistleblower, saying it would send a “chilling message” to whistleblowers in the future. What “chilling message?” That if you decide to fulfill your partisan goals and help your pals by trying to bring down a President with rumors and hearsay, you should have the guts to do it publicly and accept the consequences? It’s not the news media’s job to make things easy for whistleblowers, and it is especially not their job to pretend that information already being publicized is a mystery.
The background and professional connections of this “whistleblower”—he’s really a leaker—are relevant to his credibility and the legitimacy of the current impeachment push. The public has a right to know, and democracy dies in darkness.
3. The incompetent Virginia Republican Party. The political system only serves democracy when the political parties take pains to make sure voters have a choice among competent candidates. While the news media celebrates the fact that Democrats took over the Virginia legislature, they should also be pointing out that the result was less a rejection of Republicans, or President Trump, than it was the abdication of duty by the Republican Party in the Old Dominion.
According to a review of the state election results from Tuesday, Democrats faced no Republican challenger in 10 out of 40 Senate races, and Republicans had no candidate on the ballot in 23 out of 100 House of Delegates races, or 23 % That’s disgraceful, especially when the GOP was running against a party with a twice-accused sexual assault purveyor backing up a Governor who, like his lieutenant, engaged in conduct (and absurd excuses for it) that the party never would have tolerated from a Republican. And what was the caliber of candidates Virginia voters elected in the face of such lame opposition? Well, one was this guy, whom we discussed yesterday and another was Juli Briskman, whose qualification was that she flipped the bird at the President’s motorcade.
4. Is it racist to un-name a street honoring Martin Luther King? Boy, this took guts, or something. On election day this week, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s historic boulevards only a year after the city council renamed “The Paseo” for King.
Re-naming the 10-mile boulevard on the city’s mostly black east side began immediately after the council’s decided to name The Paseo after King. Kansas City had been one of few major U.S. cities without a street named for the civil rights leader. A group of residents began collecting signatures to put the name change on the ballot this year, and got 2,857, far more than the 1,700 needed.
King’s supporters, who had celebrated the renaming of the street for the Reverend, accused fans of previous “The Paseo” name of being racists. They claim that the city counsel gave short shrift to The Paseo’s historic significance. What the heck IS The Paseo’s historic significance? The north end of the boulevard is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it was apparently the first major boulevard in the city. And here’s the Wikipedia entry for it, which includes this:
In the 1920s, with the re-emergence of the African-American population in the surrounding areas, the Paseo stood out as “ribbon of white in an otherwise black village”, with more than half the white population living in the area having a Paseo address.
The Rev. Vernon Howard, president of the Kansas City chapter of the SCLU, told The Associated Press that the King street sign is a powerful symbol for everyone, but particularly for black children. “I think that only if you are a black child growing up in the inner city lacking the kind of resources, lacking the kinds of images and models for mentoring, modeling, vocation and career, can you actually understand what that name on that sign can mean to a child in this community,” he said, adding that if the honor for King is removed, “the reverse will be true. What people will wonder in their minds and hearts is why and how something so good, uplifting and edifying, how can something like that be taken away?” he said.
Diane Euston, a leader of the Save the Paseo group, counters that The Paseo “doesn’t just mean something to one community in Kansas City. It means something to everyone in Kansas City. It holds kind of a special place in so many people’s hearts and memories. It’s not just historical on paper, it’s historical in people’s memory. It’s very important to Kansas City.”
Who do you think has the better case?