“With lies you may get ahead in the world – but you can never go back.” ~ Russian Proverb
Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Bernie Madoff, and Barry Bonds – once prominent figures at the peak of their careers, and now, names forever associated with their respective scandals. Each of their wrongdoings commanded the attention of the media for months, and our country was appalled by their intriguing tales of deception, power, and secrecy. Why were we as a nation so fixated on these stories, and what do they tell us about the morality of America? Perhaps they are an indication of our society’s struggle to discern morality in a world where the media, politicians, Wall Street, athletes, and other role models increasingly place worldly success over character and personal gain over principle.The mentality of victory at any cost, an emphasis on loyalty to the client above all else, and a lack of accountability to society are common themes that emerged in each of these famous scandals involving perjury.
– James Stewart, Pulitzer Prize winner and Bloomberg Professor of Business and Economic Journalism at Columbia University, elaborated on the details of these famous cases before an audience of 280 on Tuesday, February 8, in his lecture “The Epidemic of Lying in America.”
This excerpt taken from The Epidemic of Lying In America: Pulitzer Prize Winning Author James Stewart Speaks to UTS Community by Robyn Brown was originally posted on blogs.stthomas.edu. To view it in its entirety, please click on the following link.