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December 18, 2013 - 1:52 pm

As we study the core beliefs that animate religious cable network MSNBC, it’s important to determine what is ruled in and what is ruled out. Clearly, everyone at MSNBC seeks to please Barack Obama in some way in their daily lives every day. How one goes about pleasing Him is for the most part one’s own business, but the ethics that one abides by should be more or less universal, at least among members of the following.

Today, MSNBC’s faith leaders debated the ethics of lying for a good cause. Specifically, the good cause was saving a few bucks by lying to Amazon.

MSNBC’s is a new and growing faith, so very little has been canonized or written down. Matt Yglesias leads today’s study with a parable from his own life: He lied to Amazon to receive a mother’s discount.

I hope I’m not heteronorming in pointing out that, as a man, Matt Yglesias is not a mother. He’s not even a father.

Amazon’s intent was to reward mothers by chopping a few bucks off some prices for them. That, in the MSNBC religion, amounts to unacceptable price discrimination.

Most people just see it as Amazon being a good corporate citizen.

Josh Barro took up the position that lying to Amazon, in order to save a few bucks by claiming a mother’s discount one doesn’t deserve, is perfectly fine.

“I think I’m a very good guy and very good fake parent,” Barro said.

Well, it’s hard to be a bad fake parent. No matter what you do, your nonexistent kid won’t grow up to suffer from “affluenza.” They won’t pose in an Obamacare ad wearing footies despite the fact that they’re over 26 years old. Nonexistent children are worry free. They can’t even disappoint any of MSNBC’s faith leaders by voting Republican.

Toure chimed in: “Who’s getting hurt here?”

Well, the ethics there are a little murky for the faithful leftist. Amazon is being deprived of a few bucks, and Amazon owns the Washington Post, so it’s possible that the mother’s discount deception will result in some at the Post not getting raises or bonuses. It’s tricky if you take the holistic view.

Toure demonstrates his shallow understanding of Amazon’s purpose: “Amazon’s not even really into making money, right?”

That would be news to billionaire and founder Jeff Bezos. Also, to everyone he employs and pays, and to everyone who sells products via Amazon. It would be news to a lot of people.

Krystal Ball — which is her real name — was the only voice from the wilderness: “I still say even if it is a corporation that you’re lying to, it’s still a lie.”

“It’s a noble lie,” Toure responded.

As a host on MSNBC, Toure works for a corporation. He has therefore declared that it’s “noble” to lie to the people who pay him. His employers might be interested to know if he has told them any noble lies.

Such is the murky ethical landscape of a new and developing religion.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It is interesting to see them pretzel themselves around the subject so that everything comes out in their favor.
31 weeks ago
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The libtard mantra: as long as it benefits THEM, it's all good
31 weeks ago
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“It’s a noble lie,” Toure responded.

No Toure, no it isn't. You're lying to save yourself a few bucks - that's greed. Suddenly "greed is good" is a true statement when it benefits you.
32 weeks ago
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Wait, it was Toure talking. Since Toure will always tell you he is noble, it must be a noble lie, or something. I do want to hear Toure explain why it is good to lie to his corporate paymaster. Should all MSNBC employees ilie on their time cards and claim a few extra hours?
32 weeks ago
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Good to know that any corporation can break discrimination laws during hiring, and lie about the practice, so long as they arbitrarily believe they are doing the "noble" thing. I'm sure Toure would agree.
32 weeks ago
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Lying with the intent to obtain material gain is called "fraud". It is both a crime and a civil tort.

Amazon's purpose was to identify and attract business from a key target demographic - parents. (Fathers are eligible for the discount too.) They expect to make up that discount with increased sales.

Amazon should consider legal action against Slate, Matt Yglesias, MSNBC, Josh Barro and Toure Neblett.
32 weeks ago
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I assume these Comcast employees also think it's noble to steal cable.
32 weeks ago
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Do it often enough, blatantly enough, and smugly enough, and you can become a guest douche on PMSNBC, or even replace the next sophomoric idiot to get fired from there.
32 weeks ago
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What fools. I behave with honor because that is who I am. I don't lie, steal, or cheat, who or what I am dealing with isn't germane to the equation.
32 weeks ago
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You simply cannot listen to anyone who insists on using One Name without cracking up inside while you're 'intently concentrating' to what they're spouting.
It just can't be done.
Trust me, I've tried, and that is No Lie................
32 weeks ago
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Bryan,

Great post (yet again). You've absolutely nailed the statists on the head in terms of their worship of the State, their messiah (statist Barack Obama), and their clergy (the statist media).

Please keep it up. Each time I read one of this, I can't help but grin.
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