I’m writing this while simultaneously watching an Ethics Rock Extreme Zoom replay and answering typed-in questions from participants. Boy, I hate watching and listening to myself….
1. Unethical website? www.everylegalvote.com is labeled by the New York Times as “promoting claims of fraud, built on fantasy.” I’d call the big map showing Biden with 214 Electoral votes and the President with 232 misleading. I also find the Times’ constant refrain in headlines and stories that the President is “trying to subvert a free and fair election with false claims of fraud” an outright lie.” The 2020 election was not “fair” because of biased and manipulated reporting by the Times and most of the media, and there is no question that many of the allegations of fraud are accurate, with legitimate reasons to suspect broader corruption.
The site is also serving valid purpose since the news media isn’t reporting the current controversies objectively.
2. And this is why most celebrities and actors should shut up, because they make people stupid. Here is actress Kristen Stewart’s response to a interviewers question on how she feels about gay activists demanding that only gay actors should be allowed to play gay characters (Stewart decided she was gay mid-career. Whether she stays gay —think Ann Heche—is an open question. It’s all about branding…) :
I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law. I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed. I mean, if you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then fuck off. But if they are, and you’re becoming an ally and a part of it and there’s something that drove you there in the first place that makes you uniquely endowed with a perspective that might be worthwhile, there’s nothing wrong with learning about each other. And therefore helping each other tell stories. So I don’t have a sure-shot answer for that….Sometimes, artfully speaking, you’re just drawn to a certain group of people. I could defend that, but I’m sure that somebody with a different perspective could make me feel bad about that — and then make me renege on everything I’ve just said. I acknowledge the world that we live in. And I absolutely would never want to traipse on someone else’s opportunity to do that — I would feel terrible about that. So my answer is fucking think about what you’re doing! And don’t be an asshole.
Thanks for that clarification, Kristen..
3. When bias becomes ridiculous: Yesterday, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded its International Emmy Founders Award to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his daily coronavirus briefings earlier this year.
“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” the academy’s president and CEO, Bruce Paisner, explained in a statement last week announcing the decision. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
As the Governor allowed the subways to run, spreading the pandemic and helping to make New York City a wasteland, and as he sent infected seniors to nursing homes, killing thousand. But hey…that’s entertainment!
I’m just grateful the Emmys didn’t think of this stunt while Obama was in office.
4. “I’m shocked–shocked!”
An CNBC poll claims that few Trump voters consider Biden the legitimate 2020 election winner. concluding, “A mere 3% of voters for President Donald Trump think President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, while 73% think the incumbent was the victor, according to a CNBC/Change Research poll.” The story blames “Trump’s unsubstantiated claims,” of course.
- You know: polls.
- The main reason nobody trusts the current election results is that what was predicted if mail-in ballots were widely used occurred.
- Another reason is that the mainstream media, like NBC, seems to be so incurious about reported irregularities, in stark contrast to hwo they covered Al Gore’s challenges to the Florida vote totals.
- Yet another reason are the extravagant claims of the Trump campaign’s lawyers, which, if not backed up by evidence, warrant disciplinary sanctions.
5. Unethical…and stupid…Quotes of the Week: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Republican, said: “There’s no constitutional right to walk around without a mask.”
We’ll just see about THAT. More idiocy from Hogan, who blathered on social media:
“It’s sort of like saying I have a constitutional right to drive drunk. I have a constitutional right to not wear a seat belt, or to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, or to not follow the speed limit…We’re talking about a quarter of a million people dying already. You know, more than, you know, the Korean War, the Gulf War and the Vietnam War added together. Which part don’t you understand?”
This is the quality of mind we elect to high executive positions in America. We are the incompetents.