Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures, joins Elizabeth Lauten in the race to the bottom with a series of racially insensitive emails about President Obama. It makes clear what Diana Ross said about the Hollywood studios in several interviews in past years. So, we learn that the board rooms of Sony are not the lofty chambers peopled by those who fought McCarthyism, and boldly presented a view of American society that was less xenophobic than past generations, but just another sewer in which those who have been given so much, eat away at the very notion of united we stand, and one nation ... Media managers will weigh her demise progressively, arguing that if she goes quickly it could be interpreted as yet another coup for the North Koreans. Rubbish. There is only a handful of people in North Korea that know that any of this happened. Yet, the millions of Americans who were insulted, remain so every day she remains at the co-helm of Sony. Well, if injustice was not managed, there would be no injustice. Often, silence and omission speak volumes, and so it is with the less than sagacious Communications Director to Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher, Elizabeth Lauten.
I have written several articles suggesting that constituents ought to take time to get to know the staff of those they elect to office.
One article concerned a staffer to Governor Christie of New Jersey, his point man in the Bridge Gate debacle, who he was about to appoint attorney general of that state to uphold the high standards of law and civil decorum.
I have written about an individual on Senator Portman’s staff who brazenly ignored the First Amendment freedom of the Press, while this author was interviewing Tagg Romney on the grounds of Washington Court House’s Courthouse. And, another member of that same staff, she, is the subject of a work in progress.
There are both psychological and legal terminologies to describe an adult that either physically or emotionally beats up on children, and it is a fact that children are being emotionally bullied on FaceBook. It is the public, We The People.
In this case, however, this is not the horrible angst of children being acted out on other children, but an adult whose salary is derived from the public purse, our tax dollars, taking aim at children.
If one wants to believe that this is an isolated incident, well ... brace yourself for the flood of material of the same ilk that has emanated from those who work in Congressman Fincher's Office to come to light--its coming and it is not very pretty.
Some have described Lauten's words as just good ole girl's talk and no one should be particularly surprised at the high esteem, Fincher and his cohorts bestow on the current administration. After all, Fincher has a right to his opinions and his staffers are free to exercise their right to yell fire in a crowded theater.
If one wants to explore this aspect of the culture Fincher and his staff exude, just read the editorials and the associated comments that blaze local Knoxville newspapers—an eye-opening experience.
Fincher is just one of the reasons that the current Congress enjoys the sterling reputation that it has.
A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Lauten was just another good ole girl from a fading Southern social order; now she resides along with so many others as the honored resigned.
Stephen Fincher has, throughout this sad affair, been as unapologetic as his former Communications Director.
For Fincher to do otherwise, in the twisted good ole boy world he propagates, would be unthinkable, as if he bears no responsibility for the debasing culture that was the source, the wellspring of the undoing of Elizabeth Lauten.