Well, Bill Clinton was an Ethics Hero once too.
The talented host of the Late Show, who has betrayed his profession by taking the opportunity to do a nightly comedy talk show for all Americans using it almost exclusively to take the cheap and all-too-traveled road of spreading disrespect and hate for the President of the United States, finally showed a flicker of integrity.
Should regular Clinton suck-up and “resistance” mouthpiece Stephen Colbert get an Ethics Hero accolade here for picking off the low-hanging fruit presented by Bill’s audacity in speaking to the Democratic National Convention? Is finally doing his job, which is to unite the nation in humor while imparting perspective and criticism of the famous and powerful, really praise-worthy after Colbert has spent so many years doing the opposite?
Fair question. Why isn’t late night talk show host James Corden an Ethics Hero for hosting his “Late, Late Show’ without (mostly) slipping into nightly partisan bigotry? Maybe he should be. However, the epic hypocrisy of Democrats in this campiagn and in the years leading up to it has been thoroughly obscured by the news media and popular culture. Clinton’s speech, delivered as if Monica Madness, Juanita Broaddrick, #MeToo, “Believe all women,” Cancel Culture, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Al Franken, Biden’s wandering hands and lips, Tara Reade’s accusation, Kamala Harris’s savaging of Brett Kavanaugh, and Jeffrey Epstein—wow, that’s a longer list than I thought it would be when I started it!—all existed in some kind of alternate reality like in “Back to the Future II” had to make any fair and rational observer’s head explode. Colbert showed his ethics alarms, while exceedingly faint, still function. I want to encourage him to listen to them more often.
Commenting on Clinton’s criticism of the President’s behavior as President, Colbert channeled the Ethics Alarms principle of ethics estoppel, saying,,
I don’t think Bill Clinton gets to lecture anyone on what should happen in the Oval Office. Those in glass houses should not be allowed near the interns.”
Later, he referenced Clinton’s suspicious encounters with sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffry Epstein, showing a photo of Bill looking shocked and quipping, “Bill Clinton, seen here finding out Ghislaine Maxwell was just arrested.”
Okay, it’s not much. But from the guy who called Donald Trump “Putin’s cockholster,” while pushing along the Russian collusion hoax, it is progress.