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.