Ethics Extraction, 3/31/2022: Ethically, March Is Not Going Out Like A Lamb

I just had a very infected tooth pulled, but it was considerably less painful than the ethics news of late. For example, the Oscars producers finally admitted that they asked post-slap Will Smith to leave the ceremony, and he refused….so they shrugged and let him stay. All righty then! One-way tiresome late night host Stephen Colbert told his audience that Fox News’ Peter Doocy should be “slapped” for daring to ask President Biden what he meant by the U.S. “responding in kind” if Russia used chemical weapons against Ukraine. Colbert and his allied Democrat propagandists claimed any Trump criticism of the news media, like Jim Acosta’s partisan and unprofessional harassment, was an attack on the First Amendment proving that Donald was “a threat to democracy; now Colbert wants to see journalists who ask Biden legitimate questions physically punished. And it was a legitimate question: what the heck does responding “in kind” mean? With more chemical warfare? With illegal weapons? Doocy’s question properly highlighted the unfortunate truth that Biden himself doesn’t know what he means much of the time. There would be a joke there, but comics like Colbert only mock Repubicans, apparently because they are terrified that a progressive will run up and slap them if they don’t follow the battle plan. More pain to come…

1 The words are “unprofessional,” “disrespectful,” and “irresponsible.” Country music superstar Eric Church announced this week that he was canceling his upcoming sold-out arena show on Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Is he ill? In mourning? No, the singer just wants to attend North Carolina’s Final Four basketball game against Duke. He wrote, through Ticketmaster,

“This Saturday, my family and I are going to stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team has made it to the Final Four. As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream. This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community. However, it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance.”

What an asshole. He’s counting on The King’s Pass. He thinks he is owed the right to abandon his commitments. (As a professional stage director, I had several occasions when a performer asked to skip a performance to attend some event. In each case I said “No,” and added that if the performer abandoned the show for a single night, he or she would not be welcome back, to that production or any other.

The email is offensive: he isn’t asking the fans to do anything, its a fait accompli. The last sentence is really smarmy dodge. But that wasn’t all he ended his non-apology with a quote from UNC announcer Woody Durham: “Go where you go and do what you do,” an unethical motto if there ever was one. [Pointer: JutGory]

2. Yup, he seems like a promising addition to Congress…Michael Christopher Neary, 28, a Democratic Rhode Island congressional candidate, was arrested yesterday morning after reportedly following a vehicle for 70 miles from Columbus to Troy. He was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of menacing by stalking and possession of controlled substances, as well as a minor misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

A panicked couple called the police telling them that a man was following them aggressively in his car on the night of March 22 when they were driving away from visiting their son in Florida. They told police that they tried to get off at two different exits but Neary’s car continued to follow them even when they pulled off to the side of the road. Police said Neary told them he had gotten into a fight with his parents and went for a drive to clear his head but he saw the Ohio license plate of the couple’s car—Neary recently worked on Ohio– and decided to follow them.


I’m sure it was the pandemic’s fault.

3. On Neary’s side, this guy is already in Congress: freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn laimed on a podcast that people in Washington, including Congressional colleagues, have invited him to participate in orgies and used cocaine in front of him. After complaints from members, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pressed Cawthorn on his allegations, which he said Cawthorn admitted were untrue. But who knows now? Cawthorne, as a member of Congress, has an obligation to name names, or, in my view, resign.

4. Objective, just-the-facts journalism from the New York Times! Here is how a front page story in the New York Times—a news story, mind you—by reporter Trip Gabriel begins:

In the era of Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party — when making falsehoods about an election isn’t disqualifying, when heckling a president at the State of the Union is no big deal, when attending an event tied to white supremacists doesn’t lead to exile — it may still be possible for a hard-right member of Congress to go too far.

No partisan bias or editorializing there! I miss the departed Ethics Alarm New York Times apologist already…

10 thoughts on “Ethics Extraction, 3/31/2022: Ethically, March Is Not Going Out Like A Lamb

  1. I feel for Eric Church. Missing a historical sporting event in a sport that you love can be hard, but he’s made a commitment to do the show. Part of keeping your commitments means you will have to forego other things that you might like. In marriage, you can’t pursue someone you find attractive, someone you may find even more attractive than your current spouse. If you make a commitment to help your friend move, you can’t back out because it’s annoying and the new girl at work asked you out for drinks. There’s always a trade off, but if you care about keeping your word, you’ll make that sacrifice.

    I don’t like modern country music much, but I do know who Church is. There’s a high element of ego to think you can cancel an entire concert because of something you want to do and think that it’s just too bad for all the fans. In a nice way, he’s telling people his personal life matters more than his commitment to the show. This type of mentality is, unfortunately, increasingly common.

  2. RE Eric Church: as a semi-pro musician who relishes the opportunity to play paid gigs in small rooms (thank God I have other means of support) I can only think of all the talented players out there who never caught the breaks necessary to get a recording contract, airplay and build an audience large enough to play a 19,000-seat hall. Most of those musicians wouldn’t back out of a gig like that unless it was their own mother’s funeral. And I can only conclude: boy, is Eric Church an asshole. Talk about disrespecting your audience! Back in the old days, country stars would stand at merch tables after or between sets to sell records and meet the fans. At least bluegrass players still do….

    • As an amateur tenor myself, I have to agree also. BTW, some of the classical and crossover performers also mingle with the fans after the show. This was an epic selfishness fail.

  3. So…. How are the fans made whole? Besides tix costs, some may have traveled a distance to attend,, hired a sitter for the little ones, etc…. Does the hall still get paid? And the staff to keep it all together, as well as the backup players…. Yeah, this is a real ass-hole to s**t on that many people, all of whom make his success a reality. music came from the Cashs, Haggards, Jennings,Coe.

    Ialso don’t care for the “new” country…. my country

  4. I have to apologize: the Church story deserved a full post, he is, as JutGory suggested when he sent me the link, a Fick, someone who knows he’s being unethical and doesn’t care, indeed is smug about it. If I wasn’t pumped full of antibiotics and pain-killers with a mouthful of gauze and a teabag, I would have done this creep justice, and with gusto.

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