Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 1/15/2021: Tapper, AOC, Fox, And The Brick

Trump inaug riots

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to finding out how the media and Democrats distinguish the “mostly peaceful protests” in Washington around Biden’s inauguration next week and the equivalent in 2017, when the antifa was going around punching “Nazis” in the face. Funny, the fact that Hillary Clinton stated that she was part of “the resistance” and that the sainted John Lewis said that Trump was not a “legitimate President had no influence on that riot whatsoever…

1. I’m sure this is just a coincidence. During the shutdown which effectively killed the economy that was President Trump’s primary argument for re-election, I successfully fought off the nagging little voice in my head that said that this was a deliberate effort by Democrats to use the pandemic as a excuse to wreck the Trump administration’s record. I mean, who would be that Machiavellian to put millions out of work just to win an election? Then the teacher’s unions used their influence to keep the schools closed—but I still ignored that little voice.

And I’m still ignoring it now, but I have to say, the timing of this would support a conspiracy theory…


Nah. Can’t be.

2. Is it possible that Fox News doesn’t understand why it exists? Fox has had a catastrophic ratings crash since election night, when it called Arizona for Biden ahead of several other organizations, seemingly pointing to a Trump defeat. This, combined with Chris Wallace’s questionable fairness to the President when he moderated the first debate, caused an avalanche of conservatives to abandon Fox News for NewsMax, which is surging. Last week Fox News finished third behind MSNBC and CNN, which hasn’t happened since the Clinton administration.

The only justification for Fox’s existance, its raison d’etre, is to provide a conservative bias in its news reporting to balance the relentless liberal/Democratic bias of 95% of the rest of the news media. “Fair and balanced” was always an inside joke: it was fair to have at least one network that didn’t promote Democrat Party policies and officials, and balanced to have some forum where conservative priorities were recognized. I’ve followed the awful and destructive progress of mainstream media bias since the Clinton years, and the number of important stories that only Fox reported, at least initially that would have been hidden, buried or ignored without their unique priorities, is massive, as well as frightening. As I’ve said before, all Americans, not just conservatives, should be grateful to Fox News for serving this function. (They aren’t, but never mind.)

If Fox doesn’t serve this function, and becomes just another mouthpeice for progressives—which it could easily do because most of its journalists are Democrats (because almost all journalists everywhere are Democrats), it should be run out of the business.

3. On the related topic of CNN’s Jake Tapper… I was wrong. Check back through the last ten years of Ethics Alarms and you will see many references to Tapper as that rarity, a relatively unbiased and trustworthy reporter. I know it must be hard to work at a hack organization like CNN, but if a reporter has integrity, that integrity has to survive a corrupt culture, or the integrity was an illusion.

After the impeachment vote this week, impugned Rep. Brian Mast’s (R-FL) “commitment to democracy” after the congressman, who lost his legs during combat in Afghanistan, opposed impeaching President Trump during debate in the House. Tapper described him as “fighting for democracy abroad” but added, “although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States…”

That is unforgivable and disgusting, Rachel Maddow/Charles Blow/Don Lemon/Chris Cuomo disgusting, and Jake won’t fool me again.

4. Remember the post about the two ignorant and totalitarian-favoring Duke professors who think restrictions on free speech in the U.S. is a great idea? Here’s the rising star of the Democratic Party, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, per the New York Post:

There’s absolutely a commission that’s being discussed but it seems to be more investigating in style rather than truth and reconciliation…I do think that several members of Congress in some of my discussions have brought up media literacy because that is part of what happened here….

We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation.

It’s one thing to have differentiating opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false, so that’s something that we’re looking into.

“Misinformation” in progressive-speak means “anything that contradicts Democratic Big Lies, false narratives and propaganda.

5. Announcement of new Ethics Alarms–speak. After last night’s post that I rendered almost incomprehensible by inexplicably calling the subject of it by two different names, the phrase “Get the brick” will signify a statement, assertion or error by your host that suggests creeping dementia.The phase now joins “Niggardly Principles,” “You owe me a keyboard,” “Axis of Unethical Conduct,” “the Julie Principle,” “#22” and many other terms that puzzle new or occasional readers.

8 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 1/15/2021: Tapper, AOC, Fox, And The Brick

  1. 1. Nah, no conspiracy, that thought belongs with the idea that this election was rigged. Even if it was, though, hey, it worked?

    2. Fox has been slipping for over a year. It’s people didn’t want Trump around any longer than the other networks.

    3. A cheap shot and an insult to a wounded vet, but, hey, some wounded vets are more honorable than others.

    4. Rule #1 of totalitarianism, if you don’t like what people have to say, don’t let them say it.

    5. I think you’ll be saying that a lot about Biden.

  2. RE #2: It’s indeed concerning that Fox News has lost the trust of so much of its audience. Newsmax and the other destination to which conservatives are jumping, OANN, are absolutely bonkers.

    OTOH, we may very well get to the point at which progs start wishing for the day when Fox is recalled fondly as something of a voice of reason. That’ll be entertaining to watch…

    • Yes, I almost made that same observation about NewsMax. The “true conservative” alternatives to sources that have lost the trust of the faithful are always bonkers, it seems. Drudge went never-Trump, sparking the rise of Citizens Free Press, which is prone to headlines like “Biden inauguration will feature worst from Hollywood”…

  3. 1. I have no doubt. Their sudden turnabount on the virus occured right as impeachment was ending and the stock market started dropping.

  4. 2. Rupert Murdoch’s son’s (or maybe only one of them is still on board) have taken over and they appear to be idiots. I think at least the one remaining is a standard issue lefty of his vintage. They had no idea where the golden eggs were coming from. I think they just wanted to fit in with all their socialite friends so they’ve turned Fox into just another TV channel. One of the funniest headlines I saw on this was that Rachal Maddow and Don Lemon had BEATEN Fox! Kind of like saying the Globetrotters beat the Washington Generals.

    • So he’s an idiot, then? Business 101 dictates that reversing a successful business model is suicide. KFC can’t go vegan, the Catholic Church can’t go pagan, and Planned Parenthood can’t go pro-life. The incompetence of this knows no bounds.

  5. Regarding Number 2:

    When I expressed concern that Biden declared victory at least a week too early, one of my friends pointed to “even Fox News ‘called’ the election for Biden”.

    I responded that I did not consider Fox New to be a reliable source just because I happened to agree with its conclusion.

    (By agree, I mean agree that Biden was probably the winner based on what was known at that time, however, a network “calling” an election is very different than a candidate declaring victory).

  6. My wife left Fox News at 4am the morning after Election Day…and hasn’t been back even once. I guess that means I haven’t, either.

    I kind of miss Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters, but after that…?

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