Saturday Ethics Discouragements, 7/24/2021: NPR, President Biden, Penn State, And The New York Yankees

1. Apparently NPR has a sense of humor. Last week’s NPR article, “Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire” actually complained that

“By only covering specific stories that bolster the conservative agenda (such as… polarizing ones about race and sexuality issues)… readers still come away from The Daily Wire’s content with the impression that Republican politicians can do little wrong and cancel culture is among the nation’s greatest threats.”

The fact that NPR only covers stories that bolster its progressive agenda or covers them in such a way that any conservative criticisms are obscured apparently never occurred to the taxpayer-funded operation that panders furiously to it’s upper-middle class majority Democrat audience. I speak as a former contributor who was banned from NPR for correctly explaining an aspect of sexual harassment that the host felt could be too easily used to defend President Trump…and told me exactly that.

Yet NPR tells its listeners that “experts worry” conservative websites may be “furthering polarization” in America.

These people are hilarious!

2. Now who can argue with that? Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott asked President Biden, “Are there people in the Democratic Party who want to defund the police?”

“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden responded.

Good answer! For the record, police budgets have been slashed in more than 20 major cities with Democratic Party-run governments, including Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Austin, Texas. Evidence of Democrats displaying vampire conduct toward children is, in contrast, sparse.

3. Nah, there’s no indoctrination in colleges and universities! Campus Reform reports that Penn State professor Sam Richards orders white students in front of the 700-student “SOC119: Race and Ethnic Relations” lecture so he can intimidate them into validating his anti-white theories. One exchange:

Prof.: “I just take the average white guy in class, whoever it is, it doesn’t really matter. Dude, this guy here. Stand up, bro. What’s your name, bro?”

Student: Russell.

Prof.: “Look at Russell, right here, it doesn’t matter what he does. If I match him up with a black guy in class, or a brown guy… who’s just like him, has the same GPA, looks like him, walks like him, talks like him, acts in a similar way…and we send them into the same jobs…Russell has a benefit of having white skin.”

With another student similarly called out in front of the class, James, Richard asked, pointing to a slide from Coca-Cola’s infamous woke training that read, “To be less white is to be less oppressive, be less arrogant, be less certain, be less defensive, be less ignorant, be more humble, listen, believe, break with party, break with white solidarity,” what the intent of the screed was.

“I think, you know, it’s more or less just recognizing the advantages you have in life,” James responded. “Whatever that may be, and not thinking yourself superior because of that.”

Prof.: “Awesome answer man.” [Unspoken but clear: “And best of all, now you won’t be harassed, shunned and attacked for expressing a non-conforming opinion!”]

Here’s the exchange with a third student put on the spot, Brian, using the same slide:

Prof.: “What White people would find that offensive?”

Brian: “Conservatives, I guess.”

Prof.: “What would they find offensive about it?”

Brian suggested that they would be in fear of being “cancelled.”

Prof.: “White people have been like, ‘we’re oppressors, we’re arrogant, we’re really confident or certain, defensive — and dumb.’ White people are dumb. That’s a message: White people are dumb. That is a key message right there….Who have you oppressed today?”

Brian: “I haven’t oppressed anyone today.”

Prof.: “You’re breathing. Have you left your house today?” 

Brian: “Yes.”

Prof.: “Okay, so you may have oppressed somebody.”

This is all recorded. Questioned about it, Penn State administrators stated that they saw nothing wrong with the professor’s conduct.

4. Baseball Ethics: The Yankees still suck. Two nights ago, the New York Yankees lost a crucial game to the Red Sox in Fenway Park. First, the team blew a two run lead in the ninth inning with two outs, sending the contest into extra innings. After NY again took the lead in the top of the 10th by scoring the ridiculous “free runner” ( that MLB now has teams starting extra innings at second base) without the benefit of a hit, Yankees manager Aaron Boone put in young pitcher Brooks Kriske, who had just won the first game of his young career the night before, to close out the victory.

Kriske then tied a major league record by throwing four wild pitches...really wild. The first two let the Red Sox “free runner” score the tying run, then after Kirske walked Xander Bogaerts, two more wild pitches put him on third, from which he scored easily on a sacrifice fly, winning the game for Boston. The pitch Kriske couldn’t control was his split-finger fastball, a pitch that is intended to drop out of the strike zone, often into the dirt. Yet the Yankee catcher inexplicably kept signalling the pitcher to throw it. The reason the four wild pitches is a record is that a hurler whose control is that bad has always been taken out of the game before he has a chance to make that many pitches to the backstop. Beginning last season, however, a pitcher has to pitch to at least three batters no matter how badly he’s pitching.

The Yankees ordered poor Kriske back to the minors immediately after the game, probably guaranteeing that his confidence would be shot for weeks, if not permanently. He was made the scapegoat of the crushing loss, though his catcher led him to disaster, and though the Yankees manager decided to put a green, untested pitcher in the role of closer while the team’s usual closer, Aroldis Chapman, was taking a day off for no good reason: he had pitched in the previous two games. Closers, including Chapman, frequently pitch in three straight games, especially when the third game is especially important.

One thought on “Saturday Ethics Discouragements, 7/24/2021: NPR, President Biden, Penn State, And The New York Yankees

  1. #3– Why do people even go to these schools. Let alone sign up for these classes…. ? Ten years ago I would have offered up enlistment in the military as an alternative, but apparently not any improvement today. Maybe trade school. As a plumber, electrician, welder, — you name it– any of those guys would be knocking down better money than most grads after 4 years, and they would be doing something useful.

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