He points out one of Roseanne’s accusers, David Iger, has never apologized for his insults.
Contra Roseanne’s accusers, there is no reason to suspect she is racist. Her odious tweet partly attacked Valerie Jarret’s appearance and did so in a transgressive way. That’s what people do when they lack self-restraint and mock their enemies. It was wrong. But the point was to hurt Jarret’s feelings, not assert a claim about race.
Roseanne, remember, is a progressive. Everyone knows this! As Robby Soave wrote at the Reason.com blog:
It was a vile thing to say, though no one has any right to be surprised that Barr said it. The notoriously pro-Trump comedian—who is otherwise something of an ardent leftist—has a long history of offensive, nonsensical utterances. […] She doxed George Zimmerman’s parents, and suggested people should go to their homes unless Zimmerman was arrested for killing Trayvon Martin. In March 2018, she falsely accused Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg of making a Nazi salute […]
Roseanne is crazy, and her disgusting remark about Jarrett is perfectly in character. No one is allowed to pretend that Roseanne finally went too far, or some such nonsense: the Jarrett comment—for which she swiftly apologized, to no avail—is hardly more offensive than any number of things she has said over the years. If people who say very bad things do not deserve to work in television, then Roseanne should never have been rebooted in the first place.
What’s more, the media claiming that Jarrett is not a muslim, or there is no evidence that she is a muslim, are treating us like idiots. Why would Roseanne be referring to some secret faith on Jarrett’s part when her comment is easily explained by the public history of the Obama Administration. As Roger Cohen wrote in 2012 in the New York Times,
Perhaps the most radical change in U.S. foreign policy under President Obama has occurred here in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood, long shunned as a collection of dangerous Islamist extremists, is now the de facto object of American support.
Jarrett was Obama’s “handler.” She was at the heart of the White House.
Thus, I was relieved to see we have a president in office willing to stand up to Roseanne’s enemies, because she is at least no worse than them:
President Donald Trump weighed in on the Roseanne Barr controversy with a complaint Wednesday that he never got an apology from ABC for the ‘for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC.’[…]
Iger reportedly called Jarrett before the network announced the cancellation to apologize to her.
‘He wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show,’ Jarrett told MSNBC.
Trump, in his tweet Wednesday, complained he never got a call from Iger with an apology.
In June of last year, Iger quit Trump’s business advisory council, protesting the president’s withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned at the same time.
Iger confirmed to Vogue magazine in April that he had thought of challenging Trump in 2020 with a presidential bid but decided instead to focus on his work at Disney, which had just purchased 21st Century Fox.
‘The thought I had was coming from the patriot in me, growing up at a time when we respected our politicians not only for what they stood for but because of what they accomplished,’ Iger told the magazine. ‘I am horrified at the state of politics in America today, and I will throw stones in multiple directions. Dialogue has given way to disdain. I, maybe a bit naively, believed that there was a need for someone in high elected office to be more open-minded and willing to not only govern from the middle but to try to shame everyone else into going to the middle.’
Trump railed against the network last year after ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross incorrectly reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would testify that Trump had instructed him to make contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay in December of 2017.
‘We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,’ ABC News said in a statement at the time. ‘The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.’
So when President Donald Trump gets objectively lied about on an ABC show, Iger doesn’t bother to call, but a drunken tweet by Roseanne results in Iger making a personal apology and promise of punishment to Valerie Jarrett.
Others have noticed the major double standard. The Washington Times reports, “Canceled: Blue-collar ‘Roseanne’ family reflected perspective of Trump voters.”
Yet some say there is a double standard in the entertainment industry when it comes to offensive speech.
Radio host Clay Travis wondered why Mr. Olbermann continues to be employed by ESPN, which also is owned by Disney, despite his habit of going on profanity-laced Twitter tirades directed at Mr. Trump. Mr. Travis said Disney has treated “very similar speech dissimilarly based on whether or not it agrees with the content.”
“If you are a left-winger, you can say whatever you want and you have no punishment for anything you say,” Mr. Travis said on Fox Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage.” “The moment you are conservative and you say anything, you get fired.”
Greg Gutfeld, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” said ABC was justified in canceling “Roseanne.” But he also wondered why Joy Reid, who apologized for writing homophobic articles on her now-defunct blog, continues to have a show on MSNBC.
“Joy Reid has got an amazing second chance going right now after a paper trail of homophobia,” Mr. Gutfeld said.
Indeed, Ms. Reid was one of the commentators MSNBC enlisted on Tuesday to react to the cancellation of “Roseanne.”
“It’s fraught because, I think for a lot of Roseanne’s fans who now are really sort of in a big Venn diagram with Trump fans, they see this as no big deal, that this is something that you should be able to say,” Ms. Reid said on “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “Why can’t you say it? It’s just jokes. Why are people taking it to heart? That’s part of the problem, is that you have a certain set of people who feel that you should be able to speak this way.”
By the way, here’s Bill Mahar admitting (using foul language!) that he said Donald Trump came from a monkey. Unlike Roseanne, he did this as a planned show segment, not a drunden tweet. Also, he leads you to think that Trump sued him for slander. No. He said he’d give Trump $5 million to prove he did not come from an orangutan. Trump sent him his birth certificate and then sued him when Mahar did not give him the money he promised!