Well, the George Floyd Ethics Train Wreck is a welcome change from the Wuhan Virus Ethics Train Wreck, right?
1. Perhaps the major positive development from the rioting? The news media’s complete, undeniable unmasking as a failed, corrupt, anti-American, anti-democracy institution. If you didn’t see Don Lemon’s epic example of how not to be a professional journalist, let me point you to this EA post from the weekend. But there was much more…
- The horrible Gina Bellefante, whose ethical deficits have been highlighted here previously, was given space in the New York Times to write this, pivoting from George Floyd to once again rehashing the Cooper vs Cooper Central Park fiasco:
Ms. Cooper didn’t understand the possible consequences of her actions — that calling the police to settle an argument between a white woman and a black man in 2020 could result in his injury or death. This would imply that the news of the recent past has managed to completely elude her — from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to Eric Garner’s in Staten Island, to Ahmaud Arbery’s in Georgia.
Michael Brown, who was shot by an officer he was charging after trying to grab the officer’s gun. Eric Garner, the 375 pound man resisting arrest who died after being gang-tacked by police. Ahmaud Arbery, whose death didn’t involve police at all. How do these episodes indicate that “that calling the police to settle an argument between a white woman and a black man in 2020 could result in his injury or death”? They don’t.
- Competing with epic jerk Chris Palmer, Leigh Tauss, an editor for the progressive news outlet “Indy Week” in North Carolina, tweeted out her support for the protesters/ rioters, saying “the crowd is extremely peaceful and groups and many are wearing masks and trying to keep distance.” A few hours later, when the peaceful crowd attacked her office, she wrote, “I went into the hallway. I heard someone l enter the office and what sounded like smashing inside. We are a small newspaper with a handful of desktops. I’m now hiding in the basement.” The next day, she whined, “I’m devastated. We are a progressive newspaper. Last night I was inside when the first brick was thrown.”
“We are a progressive newspaper!” How can they attack us when we are the good people?
- As the blog Victory Girls correctly observes, all the news media reports pressed the presumption of racism on the part of Officer Chauvin and the other three police. The evidence of this is that they are white, and Floyd was black. In fact, that proves nothing. What would have been the result if Floyd were white? What if Chauvin had been black? The episode presents a prima facie case of police brutality. The presumption of racism is included in news reports because that’s what the news media wants the public to believe. From the post:
But will the media at least consider that perhaps the problem is that the United States is a huge nation with more than 300 million people, leading to a larger number of interactions with police, not that police are disproportionately targeting African Americans? Probably not. The outrage mobs don’t want to hear that 45 percent shot by police are white men, 23 percent black men, and 16 percent Hispanic men, with 54 percent armed at the time of the encounter. The outrage mobs are more worried about exploiting the anger to foment unrest, which the media will then call on the very same government accused of abuses against its citizens to fix.
2. Hint: If you don’t want to get hurt in riots, stay out of the middle of riots. The efforts by the news media to further demonize police after reporters have been injured or arrested in the various riots glean no sympathy here. The police and National Guard have enough to worry about enforcing curfews and clearing out would-be violent law-breakers without having to figure out who is a reporter. Do reporters who get injured standing in the middle of hurricanes demand apologies from the storms? Battle field correspondents accepted the risk of injury by accepting the assignment. I heard an indignant reporter on Fox News declaring that “this” had to stop, “this” being journalists getting injured by police measures employed to restrain rioters. The way to stop “this” is for journalists, or whatever they are, to stay away from the riots. Otherwise. it’s assumption of the risk.
3. Well, the diploma is already turned face to the wall…what else can I do? Georgetown University professor and former NPR editor Kitty Eisele expressed disappointment that the rioters in Washington, D.C., had not attacked the Trump International Hotel. “Shame they aren’t noticing the Trump Hotel which costs more and has a more problematic clientele,” she responded to a tweet about the vandalism of the Hay-Adams, the historic luxury hotel across Lafayette park from the White House.
Is advocating property damage and the escalation of civil violence acceptable for faculty members at Georgetown? Apparently so.
4. Gee, this seems like a tough balancing act…Even as they are promoting the unsubstantiated spin that it’s white supremacists who are doing the looting and the rioting as a false flag operation and not that nice Antifa, at least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter over the weekend that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which will be using donations to pay the bail fees of those arrested in the Minneapolis riots.
Of course, if they are so committed to opposing bail that they will help release white supremacists, I salute their integrity.
5. No, there is nothing unethical or unprofessional about police and law enforcement officials joining peaceful protests against police brutality. In fact, it’s smart public relations.
Joining in the looting, burning and rioting, however, would be wrong.