In a display of incredibly poor taste come reports from a Trump campaign fund-raiser where a video was shown that depicted a war on several of Trump’s political opponents and members of the media. In a clip from the movie Kingsmen: The Secret Service, with faces superimposed and Trump is shown blowing up and killing his political enemies.
In what is an amazingly ironic, if not downright hypocritical twist, comedian Kathy Griffin said that, as one of those political opponents pictured, she was in fear for her safety and had contacted the FBI. Griffin, as you may recall, in 2017 was pictured herself in a clip where she was holding the bloody and severed head of Donald Trump. So apparently, showing a massacre with the head of her victim wasn’t something that should be threatening, but when Trump did the same thing she was concerned enough to contact the FBI.
Ah, but let us be consistent. Equally as hypocritical are those Trump backers who said that Griffin, back in 2017, was implicitly threatening the President with her depiction of violence. Yet when the same thing is done by the President’s campaign, then it goes without outrage that apparently was only reserved for those such as Griffin.
In Thinking Man’s mind, both are despicable, and those who are outraged by one and not the other—regardless of which is the object of outrage and which is ignored—are hypocrites and lack the ability to be objective and think independently.
In this week’s quick takes, we take a look at the hypocrisy of the NBA (and other celebrities) and other news of note.
China Ain’t So Bad
The NBA showed its hypocrisy this week. The General Manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted sympathy for protests in Hong Kong against increasing totalitarianism by the Chinese government. As with any dictatorship, China did not approve of criticism of its authority and cancelled the broadcast of an NBA pre-season game.
The NBA, seeing the potential to lose money, quickly backtracked and tried to downplay any criticism of the Chinese government. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes-Start Of The NBA Political Season And More”
If you remember the last confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, you will remember the uproar that his nomination meant that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) would be packed with Trump nominees that would march in lock-step and would radically alter the balance of power.
An editorial from USA Today, a fairly consistently liberal newspaper, shared details of a study that showed quite the opposite. Continue reading “When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold”
Increasingly in today’s United States, we see attempts to silence views of those with differing opinions. We find this especially true in college and universities. Where once the goal was to expose students to different viewpoints and teach them to apply rational thought to develop their own reasons for their beliefs, the goal now is increasingly to teach them what to think and to prevent them from being exposed to anything different than the ‘doctrine’ pushed by academic rule-makers. Continue reading “Silencing Differing Views”
The growing hypocrisy of a segment of American liberalism, the cost of the trade wars and failure in North Korea. All this below in the latest quick takes of Thinking Man’s Politics. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”
A short review of items in the news in the last week, including Facebook’s latest disregard of its members, Democratic plans for the new Congress and new food stamp rules. Continue reading “Friday Quick Takes”
The New York Times announced days ago that it had hired Sarah Jeong to serve on its editorial board. Normally such an announcement would not be that noteworthy, except that Jeong has a history-and a relatively recent history-of inflammatory racist comments on social media. Continue reading “Does Anyone Really Still Think The New York Times Is ‘Journalism’?”