Translation: Andrew Lack had his lawyers review Williams's contract. Apparently it is substantially more expensive to fire Brian Williams (> $30 million) than it is to let his contract expire. My guess is that Williams becomes "NBC special correspondent", never to be seen on broadcast TV again, until his contract expiration.
Can I get a "White Privilege!"?
frezZ, you are 100% correct. However, I will acknowledge that it is a struggle for people like myself who have known an individual (nearly) my entire life as "he" to change over at the flip of a switch, or on short notice. It's like my family members and college friends always will be "Judy" and "boo boo" even though they now wish to be recognized as Dr. Donath and Dr. Levin. But you are right. View Comment
I have great respect for Gail Lavielle, but this is a mistake. In reality, the "War On Drugs" has been a horrible waste of money and lives. It has led to the mass incarceration of principally poor black and brown people for generally non-violent crimes, including simple possession of marijuana. Gail, please visit the web site of The Drug Policy Alliance - www.drugpolicy.org. This is a national advocacy leader of drug law reform that is grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. "Protecting our children from drugs" is a fine soundbite, but our nation's, and state's drug laws need to be considered rationally for their actual effect on all people and society. View Comment
Ed, you need to apply greater critical thinking to your exposition, and possibly re-examine your conclusions. Consider: "Report of The Sentencing Project
to the United Nations Human Rights Committee Regarding Racial Disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System" available here:
Taking just a sample quote:
As Georgetown Law Professor David Cole states in his book No Equal Justice,
These double standards are not, of course, explicit; on the face of it, the criminal law is
color-blind and class-blind. But in a sense, this only makes the problem worse. The rhetoric of the criminal justice system sends the message that our society carefully protects everyone’s constitutional rights, but in practice the rules assure that law enforcement prerogatives will generally prevail over the rights of minorities and the poor. By affording criminal suspects substantial constitutional rights in theory, the Supreme Court validates the results of the criminal justice system as fair. That formal fairness obscures the systemic concerns that ought to be raised by the fact that the prison population is overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately black.
They are teenagers - a subspecies of humans widely known for doing stupid things. These kids likely are scared shirtless right now. Best thing to do is send them home to their parents and let it pass. This does not deserve criminal or civil action. View Comment