Comment Of The Day: “KABOOM! Rachel Maddow’s ‘Bias Makes You Stupid’ Classic”

jounberger2013 filed a Comment of the Day that helpfully dissects the thinking of journalists who have convinced themselves that what Ethics Alarms properly (constantly, perhaps repetitively) classifies as unprofessional bias is merely rational, compassionate thinking.

Here it is, in response to the post, “KABOOM! Rachel Maddow’s ‘Bias Makes You Stupid’ Classic.”

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Our Esteemed Ethicist asked, “Is it possible, as I mused in the last post, that these people don’t know they are biased, dishonest, partisan blights on the culture and enemies of a functioning democracy?”

No, they don’t think they are biased. They think they are reasonable, well-informed, and mainstream. That is the scary part, as their mindset is “you’re either with us or you’re against us”. For example, most Ethics Alarmists here know of my incontrovertible and immutable deep love for Rush, the Canadian Triumvirate. There is a certain media person who worked at WMMS in Cleveland, in the 1970s who had the good fortune of receiving their debut album and playing “Working Man” which exploded in Northeast Ohio, setting Rush on the path toward their inevitable and rightful dominion over modern music. In that one instant, she recognized raw talent and what the known universe would (finally) come to realize as their future influence. Prescient she was. Yet, she considers herself a liberal, as evidenced by her blog posts. She is a wonderful person, having met her and spent time with her – she is really bright, highly educated, engaging, and quick-witted.

I have followed her on social media since the early 2000s, and I think I have posted links to her blog on here before, mostly because her posts drive me nuts in that her reasoning and argument are superficial and sophomoric. Yet, I understand where she comes from, and it is this: She thinks that her positions are middle of the road, based in/on compassion and goodwill. How could you argue with that? She doesn’t want anyone to suffer injustice or inequity. She is not evil and does not intend ill will on those who disagree with her. She thinks she is a centrist or moderate because she has redefined her concepts of what “progressive”, leftist, centrist, right-wing, or fascist mean.

If you couch taxes as a means of promoting a social safety net to provide for those less fortunate, then you don’t have to think about whether a wealth or death tax is confiscatory, or if Bezos or Musk or (insert your favorite millionaire or billionaire) really needs that extra $15 billion in wealth – people are suffering and that money could help them. That ideology also redefines what is considered free speech, and forms the basis of restrictive speech codes and hate-speech law. It also redefines the Second Amendment, not as a fundamental right to prevent governmental intrusion into the citizenry’s privacy, but or whether someone really “needs” an AK47 or AF15 for self-defense because the amendment was intended to allow frontiersmen the ability to have firearms for hunting. .

But, there is a certain moral superiority, if not nascent narcissism, in that mindset, which says that those who disagree with it are either ill-informed or wrong. Taken to its extreme, though, is the mentality that the disagreeable ones are deplorables, social lepers and outcasts, or pure evil, all of whom must be re-educated or destroyed. Pick one.

When you peel back the onion in her posts, though, you see the teeming, morally bankrupt and unsuccessful left-wing (progressive) ideology writhing underneath, all couched in nice, friendly words of “universal healthcare” or a “livable wage” or “sustainable technology” or the wealthy should pay “their fair share” to promote “the common good” or celebrating/promoting “diversity, inclusion, and equity”. I suspect that yard sign we eviscerated the other day would be displayed proudly in her front lawn, along with “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” and a host of other lofty mottoes because love is all we need to move our Great Society forward toward paradise, and if we could only “imagine” what would happen if we “gave peace a chance”, ad nauseam.

It is all nice and sweet sounding but little thought is given to the damage done by these social policies. For instance, what damage did Johnson’s Great Society do to the black community? It rendered black males irrelevant and unnecessary because the state would take their role in black families, which will take generations to repair. Defund the police has had the biggest impact on those communities in most need of police protection, as crime rates sore in underprivileged and poor neighborhoods: yeah, Walgreen’s can afford to close a bunch of San Francisco stores and not hurt its bottom line because of crime but the small, family-owned businesses crushed by theft, vandalism, or other crimes aren’t so lucky to weather the storm and eventually close and/or go out of business. It sends the message to that community that the social protection mechanisms don’t exist in those areas, further fracturing social cohesion. Or, and I know it sounds silly to say, but diversity programs now want to recast “Halloween” from the annual costumed candy shakedown to some nebulous Fall gathering, giving little regard to a few hundred years of tradition where people – mainly children – dress in silly costumes and ring doorbells looking for sweets (I prefer Snickers, though that may be gone because Snickers has gone woke), and all because “marginalized communities” can’t, don’t, or otherwise won’t participate in the tradition.*

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*Ed. Note: Where that idea comes from is a mystery** to me. I walked Lord Remington, Hound of Letters Extraordinaire, on Sunday night, only to see hundreds of children of every race, creed, and tradition – many not from our neighborhood – out in droves wearing silly costumes of all sorts ringing doorbells, knocking on doors asking for treats, and simply having fun wearing silly costumes of all sorts and ringing doorbells, knocking on doors asking for treats. .

**Ed Note: It’s not really a mystery to me. It says two things: white traditions are racist and non-whites reject their racist traditions.

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