1. I hate to take pleasure in anyone’s career setbacks, but...the word that CNN’s unethical media watchdog, Brian Stelter, is about to get dumped is good news for everyone but him. It also means that CNN will have rid itself of its two most flagrantly partisan and dishonest talking heads, the other being Chris Cuomo. Stelter took over “Reliable Sources” from the flawed but qualified Howard Kurtz, who had covered media conduct for the Washington Post, and at least tried to be objective (and still does at Fox.) Stelter immediately transformed the Sunday show into a CNN-fawning, Fox News-bashing epitome of what a news ethics show must not be. The last hack standing among CNN’s worst is now Don Lemon, who because he is black, gay and cute apparently is immune from his just desserts. As Meat Loaf memorably observed, however, two out of three ain’t bad.
2. Wait, what? Tim Allen isn’t the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the new Pixar film? The Buzz origin film, which has Chris Evans as the new voice of the popular character from “Toy Story” 1-4 is already creating controversy because it features a lesbian kiss. You know: that’s Disney’s way now. The movie’s director Angus MacLane “explained” that the recasting was necessary because the new animated film called for a more serious Buzz. Does anyone believe that? Allen was replaced because he’s an outspoken conservative, and Disney/Pixar wanted a star who would vigorously defend lesbian smooches in a kids movie, because that is apparently it’s priority these days. If the director wanted Buzz to sound more serious, he could direct the voice actor to voice him that way.
3. Well, Washington. Still, this is not good…The Washington Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man who lied to police,There was no dispute that he lied, but the court ruled that the police officer’s questions were intrinsically coercive because he was an Asian/Pacific Islander. If he were white, the same lies would have been properly punishable. Palla Sum “gave the police a false name and birth date, drove off as law enforcement checked for warrants, and crashed into a nearby yard.” He was then “charged with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, and unlawful possession of a firearm.” The court in in State v. Sum declared that “courts must consider the race and ethnicity of the allegedly seized person” when “deciding whether there was a seizure,” as well as a legal police stop.
So we will have different standards of justice for different races.
4. Ban vanity plates. In Hawaii, some boor is refusing to surrender this license plate…
… that was mistakenly okayed by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Nothing can stop him from plastering his car with vulgar messages to annoy other drivers on the street, but forcing the state to be a party to his jerkishness is even worse. Hawaii ordered the driver to surrender the plate after KITV reporter Tom George a viewer who saw it whiz by complained. George shared the license plate in a Twitter post that asked, “Racism on the road?”
No, you ass, insulting Black Lives Matter isn’t “racist;” the group deserves to be insulted. I assume George would have no problem with a “FCKPOLICE” plate. The ethics issue is the “FCK” part.
5. When will they ever learn? Montana governor Greg Gianforte (R) was vacationing in the Italian region of Tuscany when a “once-in-every-500-years” flooding disaster struck his state. Gianforte has been hyper-active on Twitter since the disaster hit, but had been vague about his location, writing that he was ‘closely monitoring’ the situation. And you can’t govern via Twitter. Someone finally spotted him dining with his wife at a lovely little spot in Tuscany, and shortly thereafter, Gianforte announced he was returning to work.
This is as irresponsible as it is stupid. If you are the leader of anything—a country, a state, a city, a business—and disaster strikes when you are on a much-deserved vacation, the trip is over, or should be. There is no defense for Gianforte, no excuse. This was an abdication of leadership. Yet elected officials do this repeatedly.
However, the efforts of the news media and Democrats to compare Gianforte to Sen, Ted Cruz, who was pilloried for joining his family in Cancun, Mexico during last year’s Texas freeze, is unfair to Cruz. Someone please explain to these hacks the difference between a governor, who is responsible for dealing with state disasters, and a U.S. Senator, who isn’t.