It seems people don’t get embarrassed anymore. The case of Jeffrey Toobin caught masturbating during a Zoom video chat with colleagues from the New Yorker, and WNYC radio comes to mind. Toobin is a famous lawyer, bestselling author, writer for the prestigious The New Yorker, and legal analyst for CNN.
The media discussed whether or not this would destroy his career since it was “a mistake” and “he accidentally exposed himself.” No one tried to explain how he could accidentally masturbate. Media types wondered if Toobin would be fired or suspended by the New Yorker and CNN and “has he lost all credibility?” To their credit, both the New Yorker and CNN finally fired him.
There should have been no doubt as to him getting fired.
I find the above reaction shocking. In bygone years, such a person would have crawled into a hole of humiliation and never surfaced except for his funeral. But with Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and many others, a simple statement about “making a mistake,” “planning to get treatment,” or “spending more time with the family” seems to be sufficient. Then, back into the limelight. All is forgiven if not forgotten.
We have seen this temporary embarrassment of a vast number of Hollywood-type females who slept with the boss. Then 20 years later, they decide the mutual fornication was actually rape and deserving of a financial payoff which amounts to deferred compensation for a job or jobs well done.
All this may be a weakness in our culture, education, morality, religion, or a combination of all.
I’ve been reading French History for the last few months during my “non-essential” reading at night. I recently read that King Louis XV was so corrupt, so immoral, so arrogant, so thoughtless, so callous, that he presented his mistress at court to his wife, the queen. Everyone knew he had a mistress, in fact, many mistresses, but to introduce her to his wife—at court was simply beyond the pale.
That’s where we are today. People make stupid statements, take outrageous positions, and are never embarrassed by acting so foolishly. They do not see a need for repentance, restitution, and return to common sense, and they aren’t even embarrassed with their actions.
It is shocking, even scandalous to see major corporations, public schools (that was public schools), most of the mainstream media, major sports’ leagues, and famous (don’t ask for what) entertainers support the totally discredited Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Nation of Islam, etc. groups. Unprincipled people don’t have the ability to blush at their prejudices. Obviously, the bar has been continuously lowered to where there is no bar. Truth and dignity don’t seem to matter to most people anymore.
Truth lies wounded if not dead in the streets, as Isaiah reported.
In the late 1970s, many leading Democrats in California and Washington, D.C., were loud defenders and promoters of the Rev. Jim Jones. Jim was from Indianapolis as I was for 30 years, so I knew about Jim. He was a local (loco) preacher of the People’s Temple Christian (Disciples) Church on the near north side. He did the wedding of one of my oldest friends before Jones became a public nuisance.
Jim was a white, ordained preacher whose teaching and theology would make Marx, Lenin, and Stalin stand up and cheer. He used Blacks to build his wacky kingdom in Indianapolis.
Jim left Indiana for the eternal sunshine of California and set up camp in Redwood Valley. He started churches in three cities gaining enormous power with the help of leftist Democrats, local and national. While in Redwood Valley, Jim taught public high school. During classes, he taught that little boys should be taught to masturbate. (I wonder if Toobin is from California.) Jones also taught against the profit motive and encouraged Socialism. The school system could not fire him because of his political pull in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
None of the Democrats he used (and who used him) ever expressed any shame or embarrassment over Jim’s outrageous claims of faith healings (fabricated) and building healthy families (false).
Then, Jim took his whole gang of over 900 followers to remote Guyana in 1977 after promising them it was a paradise. It became a nightmare. It took constant backbreaking work to get vegetables to grow in the jungle environment. The people were starving. No complaining was permitted. Word finally got to Congressman Leo Ryan of California, who led a media crew and some cult members’ relatives to inspect the foreign paradise.
After their visit, Ryan (who had been dazzled and deceived by Jones), the media crew, and 14 defectors went to the airstrip to board two planes for their home departure. While the visitors prepared to board their small plane, the cultists began shooting, killing Ryan, three of the media, and one defector.
Even nut case Jones knew it was over, so he put his final plan into play on November 18, 1978. He commanded his followers to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Some of them weren’t sure this was real until they “saw the babies frothing at the mouth and writhing” and realized what was going on. Those who refused to drink the Kool-Aid were shot. Over 918 died, 300 being under age 17.
Not only did his congregation drink the deadly Kool-Aid, but also major California and Washington, D.C. politicians drank the Kool-Aid long before the final scene. Willie Brown, who became Speaker of the California Assembly and mayor of San Francisco, gave Jones personal support. So did Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Jerry Brown, a guest speaker at Jones’ church!
Jane Fonda spoke about Jones, “setting a high standard of ethics and morality,” and Rosalynn Carter “called Jones at her husband’s behest” showing their support. President Jimmy Carter’s running mate Walter Mondale met with Jones in San Francisco.
Yet, none of these leading Democrats felt a need to apologize or explain their association with the worst mass murder/suicide in American History! It seems no one was embarrassed.
It is also shocking and embarrassing that voters did not hold the politicians accountable.
Five-year-old Cannon Hinton was killed by a black neighbor who shot him in the head for no reason, yet the leftist media and Democrats did not show any anger, and no one is embarrassed at their silence. There were no extenuating circumstances such as a family feud or problems between the shooter and the victim. Sorry to write this, but the black man was simply a cowardly, racist killer. A Facebook group with 20,000 members supports the killer of Cannon with claims the alleged child murderer is a “political prisoner.“ They want the killer released.
The self-righteous protesters and the major media are not concerned about Cannon’s death. You see, he was white. Would it be appropriate for me to declare White Lives Matter? How about Little lives matter?
One problem is that many people, including the media, believe the first story they hear. That is obvious since the response to every celebrated shooting of a black has been premature. In every case of a police shooting a Black man, the Black was resisting arrest and often armed. You see, the media want justification for their twisting of the news like a pretzel. They need it to give themselves some credibility.
When Nick Sandmann settled his libel and slander case against the Washington Post (CNN had settled earlier), he was only a teenager at a pro-life rally who stared at a leftist nut case who banged a drum in his face. Some, who always look for issues when there are none, charged the teen with discriminating against the drumbeater who happened to be a Native American Indian. He had a special status.
Few on the left thought it essential to exercise some embarrassment, maybe even muttering an apology for harassing Nick and all the death threats—for staring without saying a word—to a drum-banging nut. No apology was made by CNN, MSNBC, or the others.
Of course, the money helps, and it looks as if Nick is or will be a rich young man.
The media reaction to the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is shocking. Many studies have proved that HCQ, when given with Azithromycin and zinc at the beginning of COVID-19, has had astounding success even with elderly patients. The only negative study, known as the VA study, was done without following the protocols. The patients that died all had the angel of death standing outside their room before treatment was begun.
Was the VA study set up to fail? After all, the CDC had promised a vaccine by the end of the year, and that vaccine would help the cause of political physicians.
I believe in a few months, major politicians and political physicians at the CDC, NIH, and WHO will be embarrassed when the use of HCQ will be unquestionable however, don’t expect them to apologize or admit they were wrong.
It’s not in their genes – or their character.
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