Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/17/22: “It Isn’t What It Is” Edition

I want to thank everyone who sent good wishes and good advice last week, which was a multi-level disaster here on all fronts. It drives me crazy, but I’m just going to resign myself to the reality that there will be no catching up on all the issues I wanted to write about and should have posted on here. Ethics stories and their related issues are relentless, and I’m still limited in the amount of time and energy I can devote to Ethics Alarms while sitting, typing and thinking are still painful. And I’m just going to try to stop obsessing about blog traffic. To hell with it…if a week of lighter than usual content chases readers away, that’s their problem.

1. On polls and manipulation The New York Times thinks it’s headline-worthy that their latest poll shows Republicans with an edge going into next month’s mid-term elections. This is because the overwhelmingly Democratic Party-allied pollsters have been desperately trying to convince their client’s supporters that all is well with obviously rigged, incompetent and biased surveys. There would literally be no historical precedent for Democrats not getting slaughtered in the upcoming elections. We have been watching a year-long disinformation campaign and an epic example of the Left’s “It isn’t what it is” gaslighting addiction on a grand scale. It’s more than just unethical: it is Orwellian, and that’s another reason the Democrats deserve to lose, and lose big.

Of the Times, Ann Althouse writes (so I don’t have to):

I’ve seen so many articles in the NYT that seem designed to enthuse Democrats. I’m heartily sick of them, and the efforts are ludicrous. They’re not even effective at doing this thing I don’t think the NYT should be doing.

Do you think the Times will ever figure out that they shouldn’t be doing this because it’s not journalism?

2. More “It isn’t what it is”…President Biden actually said over the weekend, “Our economy is strong as hell.” He said this as a recession was no longer deniable, inflation rages, and the National Debt on his watch has long since passed what economists have warned was a danger zone. This is the kind of bravado the previous President was slammed for routinely: from him, this was “lying,” and all the news media sources hammered that theme. And again we see that the metaphorical fish rots from the head down: Here’s an exchange with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs on CNN yesterday:

Dana Bash: Democrats control the House, the Senate, the White House. Does President Biden bear some responsibility for inflation?

Hobbs: No.

3. A funny “It isn’t what it is”! “The View” would have made a collective ass of itself last week if it wasn’t clearly one already. Predictably joining the ABC News campaign to somehow preserve Senate control for Democrats, the Ladies went all-in criticizing NBC reporter Dasha Burns for daring to practice journalism and letting the public know that Democrat John Fetterman, running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, still can’t quite comprehend the spoken word. Here was Whoopi Goldberg, who, as incredible as it may seem, is the smartest one on the benighted panel:

See, because once you release your medical records, we want all your medical records. So, people are saying, why hasn’t he done that? Should he put that issue to rest or do people have to wait for him to get better in – for January? Because when would he take over? He would take over in January, right?

Huh? Fetterman’s opponent, Dr. Oz, has shared his full physician’s report. Is Whoopi saying that the time to come clean is after the election? (I’m not sure she knew what she was saying) Another panel member, Sara Haines agreed that a note from the candidate’s doctor should suffice, and added,

But I think the problem here is, if someone were deaf or blind, [the reporter] would understand that they have an issue with hearing or seeing. People aren’t understanding the processing part. So, when [Burns] said that thing about how he didn’t necessarily understand her in small talk, the auditory processing doesn’t matter if it’s a short sentence or long sentence, simple or complex words, it’s an auditory processing problem. So, unless she was speaking small talk in closed captioning, he was not going to understand. That’s not the issue.

Well, if Burns were as inarticulate as Haines, no wonder he coildn’t understand, but the point is that IS the issue. Senators have to be able to process the spoken word without technological assistance.

Then Sunny Hostin, currently embroiled in a nip and tuck battle with Joy Behar for the title “Dumbest Member of “The View,” added this:

I just feel that, you know, I don’t know if it was an off-the-record conversation – if the entire interview was off-the-record. But I know – Sara, you’ve interviewed people and we have small talk before. That is generally not something that you mention when you’re being interviewed by an anchor.

Yes, because in 99% of pre-interview chats the subject doesn’t reveal critical information that the public has a right to know. Then Hostin swung for the fences:

I watch all my series closed captioned because I can’t sometimes understand accents that people are using and I don’t understand things. And it’s helpful in terms of processing.

Wow. First, serving in the U.S. Senate isn’t a “series.” Second, Hostin isn’t running for the Senate. Third, the issue isn’t closed captioning, it is whether Fetterman is disabled due to a stroke.

With her title looking shaky, Behar then pulled back into the lead by—now pay attention—quoting one of Republican Herschel Walker’s many dumb statements as he runs for the Senate in Georgia to justify Democrats having someone who can’t process the spoken word running for the Senate in Pennsylvania. Touche!

4. I don’t understand this “Is isn’t what it is” at all…From the Boston Globe comes a column headlined, My first abortion occurred at age 11. Then there were the others….The same procedure used to abort pregnancy is the same one used to save my life — again and again.”

The procedure the writer describes is a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure. She was never pregnant. No human life was ended by the operations. They weren’t abortions.

The article ends,

However, many girls and people capable of giving birth have nonpregnancy-related needs for safe abortions. Abortion is necessary and essential healthcare.

There is no such thing as a nonpregnancy-related abortion. The piece is an effort to further confuse the public on a topic about which it is already thoroughly confused. Oh…Lora-Ellen McKinney is a pediatric psychologist. I suppose that’s why the Globe published this crap.

5. And now for an “it isn’t what it is” that’s completely stupid….Two members of the climate change activist group Just Stop Oil tried to destroy Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at Britain’s National Gallery last week, because, apparently, it’s an oil painting. Then they glued themselves to the wall. Next, they placed ducks on their heads and screamed in unison, “I am Marie of Rumania!”

OK, I was kidding about that last part.

The attempted vandalism involved throwing tomato soup at the masterpiece, which was, fortunately, behind glass. Just Stop Oil spokeswoman Mel Carrington explained that many Brits can’t even afford to heat up a can of soup, so the government should be helping them deal with “the cost of living crisis,” rather than enabling fossil fuel extraction that allows them to heat their homes, warm up that soup and drive to work.

OK, she didn’t say that last part either.

This is the quality of thought and logic that infests the climate change mobs currently dictating public policy in Washington, D.C. Such demonstrations should be regarded in that light.

16 thoughts on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 10/17/22: “It Isn’t What It Is” Edition

  1. #4 I heard a claim a long, long time ago that a D&C was an abortion to gin up sympathy; it was a false claim back then and it’s still false today. I have to give these activists credit, they’re talented compulsive liars.

  2. #1 I’ve gotta wonder, what kind of 11th hour election changes or lies are the Democrats going to try to use to rig this election. There’s an arrogant air of unwarranted confidence coming from prominent Democrats that makes me think they’ve got something up their sleeve.

  3. The issue with Fetterman isn’t just that he has auditory processing difficulty. If that were the only issue, one could possibly argue that technology would still enable him to do the work of a senator. He would likely not be very good at it, but pre-stroke Fetterman probably wouldn’t be good at the job, either, since he appears to have been a lazy dipshit with no skills for his entire life.

    The real issue is the reluctance to share his medical records, which are very germane to the question of his suitability for the job. We know he has brain damage. We know it is affecting his ability to comprehend spoken language. It is reasonable, absent knowledge of his doctors’ evaluations, to assume that he has other deficits remaining from the brain damage he has suffered, and that they might hamper his ability to represent the people of Pennsylvania even more than the auditory issues would.

  4. OT, but Happy 80th Birthday to Gary Puckett of Union Gap fame.

    The talented Mr. Puckett had both a dulcet voice and one hell of a 1967-1968 with Young Girl**, Lady Willpower, Woman Woman, & Over You.

    **A personal favorite, and the one I remember best from 7th Grade (55 years ago as we speak) when I met The One That Got Away; Donna N. at a table in Mr. Nuralla’s Art Class; we’re still in touch.

    Why “Young Girl?” She was a mere 11 while I was a robust 12 and gainfully employed with a good cash flow from my Milwaukee Journal paper route, which was performed with the accompaniment of a transistor radio strapped to my bike’s handlebars allowing me to listen to (amongst others) the tunes listed above.

  5. Jack, please be encouraged. Your blog is one of only two I read religiously every day (the other being Ann Althouse). I have learned so much from your writing! I even include some of it in my teaching. Thank you for your consistent and very competent ethical analysis of so many topics. If you need to slow down a bit to recover, then do so, that we may enjoy your ethical insights going forward.

  6. And RIP to Angela Lansbury, who I learned upon the news piece about her passing that she debuted in Gaslight. Indeed a very entertaining film more nuanced than the definitions of ‘gaslighting’ give it credit for, and I’m looking forward to rewatching to see her.

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Jack.

  7. Shame, shame on the Boston Globe by sensationalizing a routine GYN procedure by calling it an abortion.

    As every grown woman knows, a D&C (dilation and curretage) is a relatively common procedure. Absent a fetus, it is not, not an abortion. The write of the article is clearly definition-challenged, and the Globe, which knows better, glommed onto that mistake to sell papers and support the pro-abortion lobby.

    Politically biased newspapers are not new: but today, money and sales are clearly more important than news. For some years I subscribed (expensive) to the NY Times — better, I thought, than the Washington Post. Now both have fallen into the agit/prop mode, remaining completely politicized and reporting biased, incorrect news and flat out lying.

    It’s harder than ever to get real news, but I’m working on it.

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