Comment Of The Day: “Unethical Quote Of The Month: CNN’s Don Lemon”

I have so many Comment of the Day-worthy posts to choose from right now that  I could throw darts at the comments list to pick one and hardly go wrong. (Of course, that would be bad for my computer screen).  I decided that I wanted to see if I could get some perspective from Louisville, Ky., where my father grew up, while the Breonna Taylor Freakout is in full, embarrassing bloom. Luckily, I knew I had Glenn Logan as a resource.

The post Glenn was commenting on wasn’t even about the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision, but rather Don Lemon’s evident ignorance about how the government works. Ignorance, however, is the common theme. The George Floyd Freakout was and is a fraud, because the protests were about racism when the episode didn’t involve racism, and about “routine” police brutality when the brutality was sui generis rather than routine and, we now know, was probably not even the cause of Mr. Floyd’s (Or Saint Floyd’s, as BLM would have it) death. By the time Floyd died, Taylor’s unfortunate death was already part of the protesters’ mantra, just as other factually irrelevant episodes have been for years, like the demise of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

There’s a reason Black Lives Matter is really Facts Don’t Matter. If the United States had a less despicable opposition party and a barely responsible journalism profession, making certain the public understood little details like what constitutes a murder, what causation is, and—back to Dumb Don again— how the Constitution gets amended would be a prime directive.

I admit to being a bit obsessed with the rioting and grandstanding around the Taylor grand jury decision, because it is so indefensible on any logical basis, yet so many are so self-righteous about it, and so many assholes are showing their true colors.  How  warped do human beings have to be to threaten and harass diners in St. Petersburg over an incident in Louisville that they don’t comprehend?

And why don’t leaders of the Democratic Party condemn such mindless thuggery? Well, that’s a stupid question: we know why.

Ugh. Don’t get me started.

And if you are wondering why I started writing this at 5 am, it’s because my now healthy, lovable rescue dog is still so insecure that he has to sleep slammed up against me  like a hot, furry incubus, and I couldn’t bear to kick him off the bed, but couldn’t sleep either.

Here is Glenn Logan’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Unethical Quote Of The Month: CNN’s Don Lemon”:

Jack wrote:

“He clearly doesn’t understand how amendments actually get passed, and why this particular amendment will never, never be passed.”

Agreed. Actually, I doubt if he knows or cares how many hoops amendments have to jump through to become part of the Constitution. If he did, he wouldn’t have been so cavalier about his comment.

“It is also incompetent, irresponsible, nonprofessional, reckless and a breach of duty for CNN to allow someone who couldn’t pass junior high civics to pretend to be able to analyze the nation’s political scene.”

Heh. You could make that charge at virtually every TV or cable news outlet in America, and 98% of its newspapers. Which tells you that most of the public, who snoozed through civics and government classes in high school, don’t know anything about how the Constitution is amended, or if they did, have been convinced of some alternate reality. This lazy, feckless disinterest is the root cause of many of our current problems.

“Lemon has been immune from accountability because he is black and gay.”

Very nearly the trifecta.

These days, news outlets don’t care about the facts unless they fit their “narrative,” they don’t care about their personalities unless they fail to draw an audience, and they don’t care about the damage they do to the republic. In service of their ideological bent and their target audience, nothing is off limits anymore, and they use President Trump as justification via rationalizations 1, 13, 14 (where all “marginalized” people like Lemon are automatically good), 17, 25, 28, 30, 31, 46, 49, 52, 53, 57, 58, and 67 among others.

Nothing can be done about this. Mass media has become an addiction, and the polarization of the country makes it easier to appeal to only part of the country and still make money. The various media groups have embraced this idea and simply written off the rest, much like Mitt Romney’s infamous “47%” comment. This approach has hastened the Balkanization of our country and enhanced the violence that now manifests itself upon us all.

Here in the Louisville suburbs, where I reside, we watch in resigned fear and horror as the rising violence threatens to spread and engulf the rest of the city in the conflagration of racial and political hate. There were many shots fired downtown last night, and two officers injured by gunfire. There may be no more injuries, but the fact that shootings are becoming a multiple-per-day occurrence in a city where they were once fairly rare is not lost on those of us somewhat removed from the epicenter of the naked rioting.

I think we all hope it will get better, but deep inside, we know it’s going to get worse. Hopefully, “worse” does not mean “worse and worse.”

13 thoughts on “Comment Of The Day: “Unethical Quote Of The Month: CNN’s Don Lemon”

    • Those qualities help protect him from his ignorance, incompetence, and being drunk on air, but if he should ever wander of the Party line, he will likely be cast into the pit-of-the-canceled as fast as you or I (even though we are cute, too). The pressure must be enormous. I think that is way the statements from him and others are getting more and more outrageous. They have used all the easy ones, but they must never stop. It is their only true skill.

  1. So appropriate: “These days, news outlets don’t care about the facts unless they fit their “narrative,” they don’t care about their personalities unless they fail to draw an audience, and they don’t care about the damage they do to the republic. In service of their ideological bent and their target audience, nothing is off limits anymore, and they use President Trump as justification. . .”

    The daily barrage of media reports saying Trump won’t leave when he is defeated – not if – but when is creating in the minds of the willfully ignorant that he is going to have to be removed by force. The only people claiming they will not accept the results of a Trump win is his opposition. Hell, they even discussed having the west coast threaten to secede if he does. They report he has amassed an army of lawyers to litigate everything but fail to report that Biden has unleashed over 600 attorneys across the precincts of battleground states in preparation of challenging every possible Trump vote.

    My belief is, given that so many states have altered their voting rules to accommodate not just the vulnerable to Covid but also the lazy and unscrupulous, that under no circumstances should any state report any count until all the lawyers agree that every vote that should be counted is in and no – oh gee we just found thousands of ballots from Philadelphia, Detroit, or Cleveland – will be permitted.

    Civil rights come with civic responsibilities that means question what you are told, formulate your own opinions and then get your ass off the couch and cast your ballot. This years election boils down to one concept will we elevate mob rule to a governance methodology or will we preserve what has worked for hundreds of years even for those who don’t take any personal civic responsibility.

  2. Congratulations on your comment of the day!

    Glenn Logan wrote, “I think we all hope it will get better, but deep inside, we know it’s going to get worse. Hopefully, “worse” does not mean “worse and worse.””

    True.

    Glenn Logan wrote, “Here in the Louisville suburbs, where I reside…”

    When they were still alive, my grandparents lived just off Preston Hwy in Edgewood across I65 from the airport, I spent a lot of time around there including an entire summer in 1970. I still have some a couple of cousins in the Louisville area.

    • My great-grandfather was born in Oldham County and raised by his aunt and uncle in Louisville. Neat coincidence how many here have some connection, however small, to the city.

  3. What makes anyone think that the Constitution and our government are taught in schools these days? A friend was telling me about the new history books they are using in the elementary schools here. It is all about Obama. Every topic comes back to Barak Obama. I said he was exaggerating and he insisted he wasn’t. The book only talks about how racist the US is and how Barak Obama tried to fix it. Every topic started with something bad about the US and then mentioned something about Obama.

    Do you think the 1619 Project covers how amendments are added to the Constitution? Do you think Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” does? Well, none of the other books do either anymore. The students are told how awful the US is, how racist it is, how whites are the only racist people in the world and how European Civilization caused all the problems the world now experiences.

    There are attack ads on TV claiming that one of the candidates voted against raising teacher pay 3 times. I know who I’m voting for this election.

    • I learned how bills become law from that old Schoolhouse Rock cartoon, long before I was in high school. I wonder if that gets aired on TV any more?

  4. Thanks, Glenn Logan, for your excellent comments.

    Something you wrote “triggered” me:
    “I doubt if he knows or cares how many hoops amendments have to jump through to become part of the Constitution. If he did, he wouldn’t have been so cavalier about his comment.”

    What troubles me is that if these multitudes of lazy and willfully ignorant “famous faces and voices,” given their enormous audiences of similarly lazy and ignorant people, actually DO make just a smidgen of effort to become a micro-smidgen less ignorant, they will reach a “full stop” point for themselves, refuse to learn any more out of frustration and impatience, and start clamoring in their usual coordinated fashion for a constitutional convention. Talk about an instant army of useful idiots, and a crisis, as that would cause!

    Court- and Senate-packing, we know, are reckless and otherwise foolish enough. I don’t even want to fantasize about what more these wannabe power-hoarders in “media,” in Big Employerville (public and private), and in certain political parties will whip themselves into a frenzy of support for a “re-imagination” of the fundamental order of law and governance in this, still, improbably, miraculously, existing nation.

  5. Nice comment, Glenn. You write:

    Which tells you that most of the public, who snoozed through civics and government classes in high school, don’t know anything about how the Constitution is amended, or if they did, have been convinced of some alternate reality. This lazy, feckless disinterest is the root cause of many of our current problems.

    One example of this ignorance about the Constitution is the persistent misapprehension that the Three-Fifths Compromise made black individuals legally 3/5ths of a person. Wrong also is the idea that it was written into the Constitution to expand the power of the slaveholding states. Few indeed seem to understand that 1) it meant that 3/5s of all slaves were counted toward a state’s population for the purposes of representation in the House, 2) the pro-slavery faction wanted all slaves counted in full for this purpose, and 3) the anti-slavery faction wanted slaves counted not at all. Today we can say, with the benefit of over 200 years of hindsight, that it was a less than ideal compromise, but the state delegates were concerned primarily with establishing a workable government for the union of states that actually existed.

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