To be frank, it’s not much of a cure: I’ll probably finish this post after I return from a diagnostic test that I’d rather not have to take, and I’m still a bit stressed about it. this is also one of those regrettable days that will live in ethics infamy, the anniversary of Jim Jones’s evil 1978 mass suicide by his cult members in Guyana. I don’t want to talk about it.
1. Is this headline unethical: “Cow struck and killed by milk truck”? Ann Althouse, who needs a vacation (as do I, but she can actually take one), seems to think so. “And this is news because….? ” she writes. “It’s a test of whether you’re an asshole — i.e., did you think it was funny? The irony or something. Poetic justice? What’s the literary term that applies when a humble being is further humbled by the force that has been humbling it all along?” Jeez, Ann, take a chill pill. Of course it’s news. It would be local news here, and this isn’t even dairy country. It’s also obviously ironic, and kind of funny. As for the “unintended rhyme”—wow. Writing stuff that rhymes is one of the many silly things I do for a living, and that rhyme didn’t even register on me. Now, if the headline had been, “Cow killed and milk spilled,” you might have had a point.
I think the editors must think it’s funny. The struck/truck rhyme is evidence. Or do you think the headline writers are so inept with language that they don’t notice and fix unintended rhymes? Actually, that’s what I think.
2. Will Rep. Adam Schiff ever get his just desserts? He actually has a self-aggrandizing book out, and it is getting positive reviews for the most part from the lackey news media. Here was the best he could do when he was confronted with the fact that the Steele Memorandum and the entire “Trump colluded with Russia” hoax that he loudly enabled for years finally were exposed his party’s scheme to derail Trump with the assistance of the “Deep State”:
“I don’t regret saying that we should investigate claims of someone who, frankly, was a well-respected British intelligence officer. And we couldn’t have known, of course, years ago that we would learn years later that someone who is a primary source lied to him. [Igor] Danchenko lied to Christopher Steele and then lied to the FBI. He should be prosecuted. He is being prosecuted. And I’ll tell you this, if he’s convicted, he should not be pardoned the way Donald Trump pardoned people who lied to FBI agents, like Roger Stone and Mike Flynn. There ought to be the same standard in terms of prosecuting the liars. But I don’t think there ought to be any pardon, no matter which way the lies cut.”
Don’t you love the way Schiff schifted the subject to Trump’s pardons, which have absolutely nothing to do with his shilling for a fake “treason” theory engineered to cripple the power of an elected President? [Pointer: Other Bill]
3. Bulletin to conservative pundits: This doesn’t help your credibility. Yesterday the bonkers conspiracy theory started circulating among the anti-woke that the Democrats were planning on removing Kamala Harris so they could get a, you know, competent and electable President-in-Waiting. Today I just listened in fascination and nausea to a conservative talk-show host discussing this fakiest of fake news as if it were a real story. …for almost a half-hour! Finally, the genius at the mic—oh how, oh how did I go so wrong that this cretin has a radio show and I…well, you know—said, “The only way I can see this happening is if they impeach Harris.” Impeach her? For what? The Democrats are going to impeach the first “woman of color” to be elected VP because—what, she giggles too much? With all the substantive and complex issues the public needs to understand, and conservative radio is wasting time and brain cells with this crap?
4. This has not been a good week for the ethical image of prosecutors. The latest: The 1966 convictions of two men for the assassination of the civil rights leader Malcolm X are being vacated today after a long investigation. Meanwhile, Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, spent more than 20 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. This is the fourth post referencing prosecutorial misconduct on Ethics Alarms in lass than a week, beginning with this one, “The Unethical Prosecutors Ethics Train Wreck.”
The 22-month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors, the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the men’s acquittal. Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, issued an official apology to the men for wrecking their lives.
That’s nice. I’m sure that makes them feel a lot better. The two men spent a combined 42 years in prison, including years in solitary confinement in some of New York’s worst maximum security prisons. Aziz had six children at the time he was convicted, Islam had three. Both of their marriages fall apart. Even after they were released, the shadow of their convictions hampered their efforts to live normal lives.