- That Columbus sketch was recorded in 1961. Was Stan Freberg ahead of his time , or what?
- Boy, Paul Fries did a great Orson Welles impression!
- Ethics Alarms has blown hot and cold on Columbus Day; you can read (or reread) the negative take from nine years ago here. Still, he was a brave man and a visionary, and attention must be paid.
- And yet in the daily feature “This Day in History” for today, Columbus isn’t mentioned, perhaps because the “New World” was sighted on October 11. The stupid Monday holiday rule makes no sense when it is linked to an actual event with an established date. Columbus’s big moment at least deserves the right date.
1. Elon Musk can’t take over soon enough for me. Twitter, right on cue, proved its totalitarian inclinations by banning this tweet on the pretense that it was “misinformation”:
It wasn’t misinformation, just information that upsets a progressive, vaccine Nazi narrative. Eventually Twitter was shamed into reinstating the announcement, but it doesn’t matter: again, this is signature significance. A trustworthy platform doesn’t do this, not even once. Prof. Turley on his blog was astute enough to remind us that years ago, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal was asked how Twitter would balance its efforts to combat misinformation with wanting to “protect free speech as a core value” and to respect the First Amendment. He responded that the company is “not to be bound by the First Amendment” and will regulate content as “reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation.” Agrawal said the company would “focus less on thinking about free speech” because “speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard.” Got it. [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon]
2. Irony and Lack of Self-Awareness of The Week (and also a ‘bias makes you stupid” classic): Here’s the NYT reporter Elizabeth Dias on Georgia conservatives sticking with Herschel Walker despite his (inexcusable) abortion scandal and his subsequent lies about it:
Mr. Walker reflects the way conservative Christianity continues to be defined by its fusion with right-wing politics and tolerance for candidates who, whatever their personal failings or flaws, advance its power and cause.
Conservative tolerance for flawed candidates with personal failings? Bill Clinton? Hillary Clinton? Joe Biden? Kamala Harris? Bernie Sanders? Elizabeth Warren? Tolerance of badly flawed characters for political gain is the exclusive realm of no party or ideology.
3. “The best people” Once again, Donald Trump appears to have retained bozos for his legal representation. You can read the ugly details here.
4. Don’t people know by now that if you say something even arguably inflammatory and even in private, someone is likely to be recording you? In a profanity-filled conversation with two other member of the LA City Council, Nury Martinez, the council president compared the black child of a white council member to a “changuito,” Spanish for “little monkey.” Then she referred to Oaxacan immigrants living in Koreatown as “short little dark people.” Someone recorded the whole thing and leaked it to the LA Times and the New York Times. She resigned as head of the City Council today, but so far plans on staying on it. Uh, I don’t think that’s going to work.
“I take responsibility for what I said, and there are no excuses for those comments,” Martinezsaid in her resignation statement. “As a mother, I know better and I am sorry. I am truly ashamed.” But she obviously doesn’t know better. She was caught, that’s all. Again, it’s signature significance. Why would any African-American (or anyone else) trust a Council members who said things like that? There are some acts you can’t apologize for.
5. I know, I know, polls…but still, this is amusing. A poll by WPA Intelligence, a conservative polling firm, claims to have found that Christopher Columbus is more popular among Hispanics than…well, just look: