What’s Hot/What’s Not: 11/28/10

What’s Hot:

Thomas Roberts – Rumors and innuendo swirl that Thomas Roberts has been hired full time by NBC/MSNBC. So far no official announcement has been made.

Team Piers Morgan – First Jonathan Wald, then Steve Krakauer. Now Connor Hanna and Melanie Lefkowitz. I made a crack on Twitter about waiting on pins and needles until someone calls this “The Dream Team”. I was only half joking. This is an awful lot of previously outside of CNN firepower coming together behind one program.

Wikileaks – Lots of air time at the end of the week was devoted to today’s latest release by Wikileaks.

What’s Not:

TSA Junk Touching – Too much righteous indignation over invasion of privacy, not enough about flying being a privilege and not a right in a world where terrorists like to bring down planes. I will spare myself inclusion on Jay Rosen’s list by saying that this isn’t about some people needing to “grow up”. Instead I’ll say that if you want to fly, you’re going to have to understand that the days of whizzing through airports without restriction and inconvenience are long gone and aren’t coming back. That isn’t to say that the TSA is perfect or that we’re doing the best job possible of threat detection or that the mechanisms we’re using to scan people aren’t fundamentally flawed. But then that’s not the central issue to “junk touching”, is it?

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13 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 11/28/10”

  1. VERY NOT: Leslie Nielsen passes away.

    Elaine: A hospital? What is it?

    Dr. Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.

    *Sigh*

  2. Surely you can’t be serious?

  3. …not enough about flying being a privilege and not a right in a world where terrorists like to bring down planes

    While I agree that the hysteria is, well, somewhat hysterical, I could not disagree more with the statement.

    We don’t lose our 4th Amendment rights simply because we’re using “privileges” and not our “rights.” The Constitution forbids the government, i.e., the TSA, from engaging in unreasonable searches. Period. It makes no distinction as to whether the searches are those of Americans exercising their rights or whether they’re exercising privileges.

    As I understand it, the Court has ruled that “routine” searches of passengers passes constitutional muster. But “routine” doesn’t mean anything simply because flying is a “privilege” and not a right.

  4. Leslie Nielsen was a great testament to the idiocy of our expectations, and of type-casting itself. At first you couldn’t imagine him doing comedy, then you couldn’t imagine him doing drama. I’m just sorry that the last thing I saw him in was ‘An American Carol’. Oh well.

  5. ^ She beat me to it. Excellent point. Most people probably don’t remember all his years as a dramatic actor. He did oodles of crime dramas on TV. I have a very emotional Mod Squad forever stuck in my head for some reason. It’s probably melodramatic and cheesy in retrospect, but it left a lasting impression on 11-year-old me. The man could act.

  6. Sad to say, but many fellow FReepers are accusing the TSA people of being a bunch of pervs, as if they WANT to pat down everyone like that. I’m sure they don’t – they probably hate it more than the passengers themselves.

    I doubt whether anyone would take a job like that in the first place, but with the job market being as bad as it, they gotta work. Making them search people to that extent must be horrendous, so the employees themselves should not be blamed.

  7. I feel pretty bad for the TSA agents.

    As for the wikileaks thing, I am sure it will be an even bigger story this week as the cable nets get back in gear after Thanksgiving and the full ramifications of the leaks are realized.

  8. Finally, I can relate on SOMETHING with INB… how great of an actor and incredibly funny Leslie Nielsen was. I loved him in the Naked Gun movies, along with Airplane (of course)… pure genius.

  9. As I understand it, the Court has ruled that “routine” searches of passengers passes constitutional muster. But “routine” doesn’t mean anything simply because flying is a “privilege” and not a right.

    Don’t get so hung up on semantics. I’m referring to those people who are acting like getting through airports without being inconvenienced by pat downs and the like is some sort of Constitutional issue. It’s not, at least not anymore. As you said the courts have already decided these sorts of inspections pass constitutional muster. It’s more or less settled law. But some of the critics are acting like flying is some sort of entitlement and this is some brand new issue facing our country. It’s not. That’s what I was referring to. I wasn’t literally referring to the Bill of Rights.

  10. icn2 Says:
    November 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Surely you can’t be serious?

    I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.

    *SIGH*

  11. I’m referring to those people who are acting like getting through airports without being inconvenienced by pat downs and the like is some sort of Constitutional issue. It’s not, at least not anymore

    Sure, the hand-wringers are making complaints that, as I understand it, have mostly – mostly – been settled. Of course, that doesn’t mean the question can’t be revisited or that the courts haven’t gotten it wrong, e.g., Plessy, Dred Scott, Korematsu (courts may have the last word but not the final or always right one).

    Hysterics aside (they’ll go quietly I’m sure), there’s a legitimate discussion I think as to whether these are just a continuation of “routine” and “reasonable” searches the courts have allowed or something different. The full body-scanning is, in my view, certainly different. Probably permissible but definitely different (technology has a way of making us look at our rights differently, doesn’t it?). I think it’s a legitimate question to raise. Even for the nuts.

    Back to cable news: as you’ve noted, too often the debate on these networks are driven by the hysterics on the right or left. This is probably another example of it. But sometimes the hysterics – way way down there somewhere – have a point or two. I think just looking at that element sometimes leads us to looking in the wrong place.

  12. I got the fully body pat down over a year ago. I’ve had my contents of my back pack bomb sniffed several times (that underwater strobe for my camera shell is a total dead ringer for a bomb you see…well…not really). It doesn’t faze me now. I’ve adapted to it. I know what to do and what not to do, what to wear and what not to wear, what I think I can bring through security and not get special treatment and what I know will almost certainly get special treatment.

    My natural predilection is to tilt towards Libertarianism. But on this matter you have to have intrusions and I realize that. I think what gets people riled up is partly due to the constantly evolving standards and practices involved in airport security. People like consistency. Well airport security can’t afford to be consistent and has to keep evolving with the times.

    It doesn’t help any that there’s been more than a little reporting done on some of the unreliability of some of the state of the art systems being used. But like Missle Defense, the argument that’s being used is even a flawed system is better than no system. On this point I would disagree. If the system is flawed why use it?

    But system reliability is a separate issue from security pat downs.

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