On this date in 1868, the Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors” by a single vote, which made the total less than the requisite two-thirds. Johnson’s failed impeachment was the closest in motivation and ethics to the two Trump impeachments. The eleven counts against him were contrived because he was a political annoyance, and was using his power to foil the Republican Senate’s Reconstruction policies. The one real “high crime” was defying an unconstitutional law, the Tenure of Office Act, which Johnson asserted was illegal (and it was).
On the topic of impeachment, two other notes:
- In the classic 1952 film “The Manchurian Candidate” (not the superfluous remake with Denzel Washington), a U.S. Senator threatens to “bring articles of impeachment” against a Vice- Presidential nominee “to the floor of the Senate.” The Senate doesn’t initiate impeachment; that’s the job of the House. This is irresponsible scripting. No wonder the public is civically illiterate.
Anti-Trump fanatic Rick Wilson, a former GOP consultant, warned Democrats in a podcast, “If the Republicans take over the House, they will impeach Joe Biden…[they] will run show trial Benghazi hearings every day that will never end.” Why yes, Rich that’s right, and it is exactly what the Democrat-controlled House guaranteed by its abuse of the impeachment process and undemocratic obstruction of President Trump’s Presidency, as they obliterated all previous norms of fairness and comity in the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches. They pay this guy for “insight” like that?
1. I know I’ve pointed out that Don Lemon is a juvenile and unprofessional hack, but he’s an even bigger hack than I thought…In a video tweet last week before his CNN show aired, Lemon said, “Tonight, I have an announcement about the show. Yup, end of an era.” He wrote, “Another @CNNTonight exclusive. I have a big announcement. I hope you’re ok with it. See you at 10p.” At the end of his show, Lemon seemed to announce that he was leaving “CNN Tonight,” saying, “It’s been really, really great. This is the last night that we’ll be CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. So, I appreciate all the years of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. But changes are coming. And I will fill you in.”
But it was all a stunt. The show’s title is getting changed, that’s all. It was the last broadcast of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” because the show’s NAME was being changed to “Don Lemon Tonight. “ “What I said last night was true,” this irredeemable jerk said. ‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” is no more. I’ll be back on Monday with my newly named show “Don Lemon Tonight.'”
CNN doesn’t take ethics training or ethics rules seriously, and Lemon wouldn’t recognize a tenet of journalism ethics if it was nailed to his forehead. Still, the professional ethics principle that those who must be trusted by the public cannot engage in blatant dishonesty, misrepresentation and deceit should be self-evident. There are so many reasons why watching Lemon is signature significance for addled dupes that rejecting him (and CNN) for pulling such a disgusting cheat shouldn’t even be necessary. Still: Wow.
Back in the Fifties and Sixties there was a TV commercial cliche that many products used:
“Katy Winters! is it true?” (Katy was the fictional pitchwoman for Ice Blue Secret, a women’s deodorant)
“It is true, Madge. I’m giving up Ice Blue Secret!” (she tosses a jar into the waste basket)
“After all these years? I can’t believe it! Why?“
“Because I’ve found something even better! New IMROVED Ice Blue Secret, with Icenol!”
But Katy was an actress, and it was a deodorant commercial. Don lemon, unfortunately, is real, and he’s supposed to tell the truth.
2. Let’s see if the National Guard can do any better, because that’s what we may have to resort to when nobody wants to be a cop. Joe Biden used a Police Week to impugn the police, saying in a statement,
“In many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement. These deaths have resulted in a profound fear, trauma, pain, and exhaustion for many Black and brown Americans, and the resulting breakdown in trust between law enforcement and the communities they have sworn to protect and serve ultimately makes officers’ jobs harder and more dangerous as well. In order to rebuild that trust, our State, local, and Federal Government and law enforcement agencies must protect constitutional rights, ensure accountability for misconduct, and embrace policing that reflects community values and ensures community safety. These approaches benefit those who wear the badge and those who count on their protection.”
- That distrust has been substantially created by deliberate misrepresentation of the facts by activists, irresponsible elected officials, anti-police anarchist, Black Lives Matter apologists for criminals and especially the news media.
- Biden thus joins in the disinformation campaign by pretending that “black and brown” people are the primary victims of fatal encounters with police.
- Are the constitutional rights of police officers also important? Let’s ask Derek Chauvin…
- “Community values” joins the list of empty progressive “do something” phrases like “sensible gun reform.” Is obeying the lawful orders of police and not resisting arrest a “community value” that needs to be reinforced? I doubt that the people Biden is pandering to would agree. [Pointer: James Hodgson]
3. More Zoom ethics...This transpired in a Michigan Zoom hearing: Nathaniel Saxton, charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, logged in to his virtual arraignment with the screen name “Buttfucker 3000.” Judge Jeffrey Middleton of Centreville, Michigan,said, annoyed, “We’ll bring this fool in.” The judge immediately asked the defendant for his name, and Saxton gave it.
“Your name’s not Buttfucker 3000, you yo-ho! logging in to my court with that as your screen name,” Middleton said. “What kind of idiot logs in to court like that?”
“I don’t believe I typed anything like that in,” the defendant answered.
“Well, that’s what it says,” Middleton said, as he told the defendant that he was putting him in the waiting room. “You can sit in limbo for a while and think about what you call yourself online.”
When the defendant appeared on screen again, he said his sister had set up the Zoom account. “It’s an inside joke; it’s not what you think. I am embarrassed. I’m sorry,” he said.
“Well, you should be,” Middleton replied.
4. I’m going to keep mentioning this until it stops or until at least 50% of the couples I know are mixed-race. My wife and I watched two recent Amy Adams dramas last week. In one, there was a flashback showing her married to a black man. In the other, her white, 60-something white boss was married to a much younger black woman. This continues a bizarre pattern in TV, movies and ads in 2021. The alternate universe being portrayed is one where a majority of Americans, especially good Americans, are in mixed-race relationships. This is fantasy, of course. I don’t care who is cast as Amy Adams dead husband, unless the choice takes me out of the story, and that’s what these gratuitous, “see how woke we are!” moments do. They don’t advance the plot or enrich the characters: they are the equivalent of product placements, the product being “affirmative action” and “antiracism.” The productions are sacrificing the effectiveness of the films to play politics. It is the equivalent of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.