Ethics Quote Of The Week: Comic Sarah Silverman [Corrected…It’s Ron De Santis, Not “Jim.” Sorry, Ron. Sorry, Everybody…]


“The truth has to matter.”

—–Sarah Silverman, actress, comic, progressive activist, rebuking MSNBC’s Joy Reid for a typical fact-free and inflammatory statement.

Ron DeSantis, the Republican Florida governor, announced a proposal last week that would allocate $3.5 million in state funds toward re-establishing the Florida State Guard.

As an announcement explained:

The establishment of the Florida State Guard will further support those emergency response efforts in the event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies. The $3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard will enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques. By establishing the Florida State Guard, Florida will become the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government.

Somewhere a memo went out from Democratic Party Cheap Shot Hysteria Headquarters encouraging disgraceful reactions like this, from Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo, who is running for governor:

DeSantis smear tweet

On the plus side, it’s good for voters to know that Annette can’t read: note that the information that 23 states already have a state guard is right in the announcement.

Can’t read, or won’t stop trying to confuse the public? Here’s former Florida Governor Charlie Christ, making a solid effort to surpass Taddeo’s idiocy:

Crist tweet

A “secret police” with a public announcement!

Naturally that “let’s all lie about De Santis” memo went out to the mainstream media and friends, so CNN’s reliably ridiculous contributor Dean Obeidallah tweeted, “Wake up America: GOP Gov. ‘DeSantis proposes civilian Florida State Guard military force HE would control.’ This is a new ‘Red Army.’ The GOP wants to be ready for the next Jan 6 with an army!!” MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the race-baiting hack so outrageous that even CNN wouldn’t hire her (I think), had to pile on, tweeting,

Reid tweet2

For some reason, this pinged the usually sluggish ethics alarms of opinionated progressive stand-up comic Sarah Silverman, who responded to Reid, by tweeting,

Silverrman tweet

What a refreshing concept to propose to the likes of Reid, MSNBC, and the mainstream media generally! Make sure your criticism is based on what the facts are! Don’t just hurl wild characterizations that are unmoored to reality! Try actual journalism occasionally!

Good luck with that. The truth obviously doesn’t matter to the media, and especially to the likes of Reid, who is a left-wing conspiracy theorist and hate-monger, but it’s nice to see Silverman, a reliable conservative and GOP basher, register the complaint. Ethics Alarms hasn’t marked this period as the ascension of Facts Don’t Matter for nothing, and it isn’t just politicians (to whom facts seldom matter anyway) and the news media’s propagandists who now lie to the public with impunity.

Look at this jaw-dropping piece from David Rothkopf, a professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. It is a variety of the new fad in Big Lie punditry of late, the claim that if the public doesn’t keep Democrats in power, democracy is doomed. Doomed! I am convinced this deliberate fear-mongering by the Left is a desperate attempt to distract from all of the Biden Administration’s abuses of power, many now being shut down by the courts, that make President Trump look like Calvin Coolidge. Still, it’s frightening to see a professor just outright lying with stuff like this…

[D]uring the Trump years…[t]here were the 30,000 lies, the Muslim ban, Charlottesville, the Russia cover-up, firing Comey, the Mueller report and the clear obstruction case against the president, the Barr cover-up of that, one impeachment, Ukraine and a second impeachment, and then the Big Lie and Jan. 6, along with hundreds of thousands dead from a needless public-health catastrophe. For the first time in our history, there was not a peaceful transfer of power following a U.S. presidential election

Wow. I’m not even sure Joy Reid would try to push crap like that. (All right, all right. She would. Has, in fact.) Let’s see:

  • “30,000” lies. I may be one of the few people who actually read that dishonest and biased list. Every sarcastic joke, every obvious hyperbole, every opinion offered by Trump was labeled a “lie.” The name of the list was more of a lie than 75% of the alleged Trump “lies” on it.
  • The Muslim ban.” The professor really wrote this as Joe Biden is “banning” Africans.
  • “Charlottesville.” Yes, the professor is invoking the false “white supremacists are good people” narrative.
  • The Russia cover-up.” What Russia cover-up?
  • “Firing Comey”!  FIRING COMEY??? If there was any remaining question that Comey had to be fired when he was fired, what has come to the fore since eliminated all doubt.
  • “The Mueller Report”—Did the guy write this in 2019? We now know that the Mueller Report was based on false information paid for by the Clinton Campaign, and the “collusion” it was supposed to be investigating didn’t exist. Despite a team of partisan prosecutors assembled to bring Trump down, it found no “collusion” whatsoever.
  • “Obstruction case”? Mueller was not obstructed. The argument that he was is weak and partisan. The investigation was an effort to circumvent the election, and Trump would have been justified in shutting it down entirely.
  • “Barr cover-up”…shameless. The evidence for an obstruction case was all in the report, so nothing was “covered up.”  Barr’s assessment was fair.
  • “Impeachments”ugh. Both impeachments were pure political warfare, the first for conduct that nearly all previous Presidents engage in as a matter of course; the second the unprecedented “snap” impeachment based on false allegations and unexamined evidence.
  • “The Big Lie” is, I assume, that the election was illegitimate. There is no question that Trump believed and believes that, so it’s no lie, and there were and are still good reasons to doubt the election’s fairness.
  • Yeah, yeah, “Jan. 6,” the non-“insurrection” where a Capitol police officer was killed, when he wasn’t. There was a completely peaceful transfer of power, which occurred on January 20, without the violence in D.C. that accompanied the 2016 Trump inaugeration.
  • “hundreds of thousands dead from a needless public-health catastrophe.” Anyone who says or writes this is wearing a “I’m a shameless partisan jackass” sign on his or her forehead.

Yes indeed Sarah, “the truth has to matter.” Nice that you see that. Now explain how you continue to support the side of the political spectrum that is in the process of rejecting that principle “for the greater good.”

Joy Reid and the rest are only following the game plan.


Pointer: Other Bill


14 thoughts on “Ethics Quote Of The Week: Comic Sarah Silverman [Corrected…It’s Ron De Santis, Not “Jim.” Sorry, Ron. Sorry, Everybody…]

  1. “The Big Lie” is, I assume, that the election was illegitimate. There is no question that Trump believed and believes that, so it’s no lie, and there were and are still good reasons to doubt the election’s fairness.

    Much more so than the Russian collusion®™ narrative.

    Those who promoted the Russian collusion®™ narrative are ethically estopped from criticizing what they call the “Big Lie”.

  2. Rothkopf is a Clintonista and a political hack.

    From his wiki page:

    “He is … a visiting professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.” He’s a visiting professor.

    “Rothkopf is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.” Did he receive a degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism? I don’t know. It doesn’t say so.

    “In 1993, he joined the Clinton administration as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy and Development.”

    “A Democrat, he has said he voted for President Barack Obama twice.”

    “In 2018, Rothkopf became a registered foreign agent and media consultant for the United Arab Emirates, receiving $540,000 in 2018 alone.” Nice work if you can get it, David.

  3. Could we go back to the ‘sixties when comics cracked jokes on The Johnny Carson Show and then went home for the evening or to perform at a comedy club. What does doing standup have to do with anything other than getting people to laugh rather than boo?

  4. These people deceive and mischaracterize on purpose because it works, plus it fires up their base!
    They know their audience and meet them where they are.

  5. My greatest hope with Silverman’s response is that we’ve hit a watershed moment when too many people have awakened to the lies and distortions are going to demand further accountability.

    The pessimist in me says that some people might be savvy enough to realize that the accusations of a private Red Army in Florida might rebound in their face with, say, California’s “private” Blue Army. Thus the really torpid imbeciles have to be silenced before they provide even more ammunition for the “Let’s go, Brandon!” crowd.

  6. Silverman’s statement may matter to us, but I doubt it will matter to Joy Reid or anyone else of her ilk.
    The Left doesn’t care about the truth; it cares about maintaining narratives. The propaganda campaign against Ron DeSantis has to be kept up, truth or not, if he is to be prevented from causing problems for Biden, Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete (or any combination of them) in 2024.

    Case in point: The Waukesha incident has vanished from the headlines astonishingly quickly . If the driver had been white, we’d likely still be seeing all manner of articles about what books he read, what shows he watched and strained attempts to connect him to Donald Trump. But a black driver doesn’t fit the narrative of an army of white nationalists/supremacists out there ready to take us back to the Land of Cotton so, “Nothing to see here, folks!”

    • John McWhorter insists on calling CRT, et al. a religion rather than an ideology because he believes its adherents cannot be convinced of anything other than their fervent beliefs. I agree. These people are beyond irrational.

      And yes, Ron DeSantis is viewed as a threat that must be neutralized before it even enters our galaxy.

  7. ““The Muslim ban.” The professor really wrote this as Joe Biden is “banning” Africans.”

    I’m in a mood, so a dark and petty part of me hopes a group like The Proud boys start singing Joe Biden’s praises about his common sense approach to banning black people out of Africa. They could use words that begin with the litter N. They should say that Joe is an obvious crusader in white people’s supremacy, and it’s good to know that they have an ally in the white house.

  8. …and today I am reminded of one of the many reasons I read this blog.

    I’d heard of this story, but only the “Fake News” version. Now I’m glad that I know the truth.
    Thanks, Jack.


  9. Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella)

    Ella? Now they’re just mocking their followers. What the heck kind of a word is ‘Ella”?

    • I believe the “Ella” is the Spanish version of one of the pronouns Sen. Taddeo uses. I don’t know what the balance of it said (guessed it from the rest of the post) because I pretty much ignore anything said by anyone who shoves their pronouns in my face.

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