7 Observations On The Unethical Tweet Of The Week By Rob Reiner

Observations:

1. What happened to Rob Reiner? How did he get that way? I’ve asked my wife to swear that if I ever start writing or saying things this stupid and ignorant, she will hit me over the head with a brick.

2. Declaring Trump a criminal is on the cusp of libel, and capitalizing “criminal” is unethically illiterate for someone with so many followers.

3. The tweet deceitfully implies that using the platform to spread misinformation is unique to Donald Trump. What is significant is that virtually only conservatives and Republicans (and the Babylon Bee) get punished it. Chris Cuomo, to name one of many examples from the news media, tweeted that “hate speech” wasn’t protected by the Bill of Rights, and that it would be illegal for anyone but journalists to read Wikileaks leaks of classified documents. He’s a lawyer (how did THAT happen?), and the public assumes he knows what he’s talking about.

4. Nothing Trump tweeted ever threatened to overthrow the government by any definition: Reiner’s tweet is disinformation!

5. Nothing Trump ever tweeted was “Criminal activity” either. Also disinformation, and yet on Twitter Carl’s deranged son remains.

6. It is clear from Reiner’s tweet that he believes that political opponents’ criticism of his party and political allies should be stifled and blocked if possible. That marks him as hostile to democracy…like increasing numbers of Americans and politicians of his political persuasion.

7. Deft and funny take-down, John Rich!

9 thoughts on “7 Observations On The Unethical Tweet Of The Week By Rob Reiner

    • But honestly, I’d bet nearly all lefties would agree with everything he’s saying. They’d say, “Right on!”

  1. We must thank God for ‘Meat Head.’ Our world would be a sadder and much less informed place were it not for the wise pronouncements of Meat Head and his many Hollyweird friends! His education, his learned background, and unmatched intelligence more than qualifies him as an ‘expert’ in psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and lounging around a backyard pool smoking weed and hating all things conservative. Yes, he certainly is a one-of-a-kind meat head.

  2. Rob Reiner proved to be a competent director, responsible for two of the more successful and influential light comedy films of the late 20th century: “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” But as an actor, it becomes clearer by the day that he wasn’t competent – he was merely typecast. In some circles, you can sell ridiculousness as long as you actually believe it.

    • “He was merely typecast.” Brilliant AIM. He must have been given carte blanche to improvise on “All in the Family.” I was an obnoxious teenager, rolling into to early adulthood, during that show’s run, and I have to say I mostly sympathized with Archie and Edith. Maybe LaSalles WERE great cars! Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody pulled their weight?

    • I give RR credit for several more classics or near classics: “When Harry Met Sally,” “A Few Good Men,” and “Stand by Me,” my favorite of his movies. But he hasn’t had a big success in 30 years.

  3. I’d call him Michael Moore 2.0, except most of his work isn’t naked campaign propaganda and he doesn’t openly look down his nose at the rest of the world. Let’s look at each of these observations.

    1. What happened to Rob Reiner? How did he get that way? I’ve asked my wife to swear that if I ever start writing or saying things this stupid and ignorant, she will hit me over the head with a brick.

    – Jack, I think he was always this way. Character isn’t built, character is revealed. He was born and raised a liberal Jew in Brooklyn, the same place Dernie Sanders came out of, and studied at UCLA, not exactly a hotbed of conservative thought, graduating around 1967, the HEIGHT of the liberal counterculture. He was just playing himself when he played “Meathead” as a far left and annoying hippy mooching off his in-laws who he thought were idiots, but also knew wouldn’t kick their daughter to the curb. He was only acting when he portrayed him as someone gradually getting more responsible as the realities of adult life hit. He’s marinated his whole life in Hollywood culture, and he’s also been involved in liberal activism pretty much from the time he was successful enough to matter. Now he’s 75, resting on his laurels, and he can afford to shut his filter off. He didn’t “get” this way, he’s always been this way.

    2. Declaring Trump a criminal is on the cusp of libel, and capitalizing “criminal” is unethically illiterate for someone with so many followers.

    – See above. I don’t think he cares, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has said that the last 2 GOP presidents should be warming prison cells too, or that Reagan was a monster who hated the poor and gay people. To people like him, folks with an R next to their names are simply evil and stupid, because if they weren’t evil and stupid, they wouldn’t have an R next to their names.

    3. The tweet deceitfully implies that using the platform to spread misinformation is unique to Donald Trump. What is significant is that virtually only conservatives and Republicans (and the Babylon Bee) get punished it. Chris Cuomo, to name one of many examples from the news media, tweeted that “hate speech” wasn’t protected by the Bill of Rights, and that it would be illegal for anyone but journalists to read Wikileaks leaks of classified documents. He’s a lawyer (how did THAT happen?), and the public assumes he knows what he’s talking about.

    – It’s WELL known by anyone with even a smidgin of objectivity that spreading misinformation isn’t unique to Trump. Churchill once said that some truths are so important that they need to be protected by a bodyguard of lies, and he’s hardly the first to express that, though no one else put it quite so succinctly. However, it’s too easy to drink the blue Kool-Aid, and far too many have drunk it, including pretty much the entire mainstream media except Fox. How did Chris Cuomo become a lawyer? His dad was at the height of his power when he was admitted to Yale undergrad and Fordham Law (he probably could have done better than that, but his dad’s popularity was on the wane then). Actually, two years after graduation he was named one of the “Most Beautiful People.” He’s always been all hat, no cattle.

    4. Nothing Trump tweeted ever threatened to overthrow the government by any definition: Reiner’s tweet is disinformation!

    – As far as Hollywood is concerned, the opposite is true. It’s another Big Lie, that they just repeat again and again until they believe it and can get enough other folks to believe it.

    5. Nothing Trump ever tweeted was “Criminal activity” either. Also disinformation, and yet on Twitter Carl’s deranged son remains.

    – Maybe not for long. He can follow Howard “I Have A Scream” Dean out the door.

    6. It is clear from Reiner’s tweet that he believes that political opponents’ criticism of his party and political allies should be stifled and blocked if possible. That marks him as hostile to democracy…like increasing numbers of Americans and politicians of his political persuasion.

    – Yup. But you and I both knew that view has increasingly become a “thing” on the left for probably the better part of two decades. It just really picked up speed in the Trump administration and got turbocharged by Black Lives Matter. The fact that ideas like abolishing the Senate, packing the Supreme Court, and limiting the Bill of Rights are actually seriously considered instead of dismissed as the obvious steps to tyranny they are makes it clear where the left is going. To them, democracy and the vote are just like toys or privileges, to be extended to children only as long as they use them the way they the parents consider ok, and to be withdrawn once they no longer do.

    7. Deft and funny take-down, John Rich!

    – Jeremiads like this leave their writers open to this kind of slam-dunking. RR should have put more thought into this.

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