There have been a lot of interesting resignations in the last couple of days, all with ethics implications.
1. Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the company’s board. This was an apparent capitulation to critics who claimed Reddit didn’t do enough opinion censorship, the new rage among tech companies and social media platforms.
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, who lost her position under fire for being censorship-minded, criticized the tech company earlier last week after it published its mandatory George Floyd letter. Pao responded by accusing the social network knowingly of profiting from hate. “You don’t get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long,” Pao tweeted. Smart–she knew that in the throes of mass virtue-signaling and white flagellation, nobody would have the guts to ask her, “Who gets to define hate, Ellen? You?”
Lacking the fortitude to make an argument, Ohanian, who is married to professional tennis player Serena Williams, said he would commit to using future gains from his Reddit stock to serve the black community and focus on curbing racial hate, because, as we all know, throwing money around has been so effective at that. Ohanian said he would donate $1 million to former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Then he said that he wanted his replacement to be black, Not experienced, fair, wise, savvy or effective. Black. That’s what matters.
2. The other shoe dropped: the New York Times yesterday announced the resignation of its editorial page editor James Bennet, who had held the position since May. Deputy editorial page editor James Dao was also demoted to the newsroom. Their crime? They had allowed a U.S. Senator, Tom Cotton(R.-Ark.), to have his op-ed published, and hundreds of Times staffers signed a letter of protest. As I have mentioned here already, this was just a public demonstration of the determined and intractable political bias that has poisoned the Times and the American journalistic establishment that it claims to lead, and in that respect, a good thing. The mask, which was sagging anyway, is finally off.
It was nice to see that John Lennon’s youngest son figured it out, though a bit late:
3. Meanwhile, Stan Wischnowski, the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has announced his resignation, days after his newspaper’s woke and dissent-opposing staff flipped out over a headline on a column about the impact of the civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The headline: “Buildings Matter Too.” (They do, in fact, matter, and they also affect lives. But the paper’s staff wasn’t about to allow any nuance or perspective interfere with its pro-riot cheerleading.). Publisher Lisa Hughes said that Wischnowski “has decided to step down as senior vice president and executive editor”–when newspapers lie like this about their own business, why should anyone believe them about anything else?—and thanked him for his 20 years working at the paper and serving as executive editor. “We will use this moment to evaluate the organizational structure and processes of the newsroom, assess what we need, and look both internally and externally for a seasoned leader who embodies our values, embraces our shared strategy, and understands the diversity of the communities we serve,’ she said. Those values apparently must mirror those of the Times—propaganda first.
4. The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned, a total of 57 officers, in protest over the two BPD officers suspended without pay (and before any investigation) after a video showed them shoving and injuring a 75-year-old protester. Comments from the team members, who are still employed with the department, indicate that they felt the officers were being punished “for doing their jobs.”
I do not expect police to meekly submit to the demands that they be presumed guilty in such confrontations, which is one of Colin Kaepernick’s arguments. The mass vilification of police will have serious, perhaps disastrous consequences.