Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics" (Benjamin Disraeli quote popularized by Mark Twain)

This post isn't about statistics. It's about the first two kinds of lies. The self-righteous and wrathful Glenn Beck (photo at left) admits he fabricated a story about Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg (photo at right). To see a video clip of Glenn Beck and the ladies he lied about,
click here: At Your Beck and Maul
The View (Weekdays, Syndicated on ABC)

"'The View' crew annihilates Glenn Beck for flat out lying about them."

Sadly, Glenn Beck is not an aberration.

Beck's behavior is quite typical; it even happens remarkably frequently in schools when personal politics eclipses concern for students.

Union leader Gina Boyd of Chula Vista Educators (photo above) refused to admit that teachers fabricated a story about Maura Larkins.

I am fascinated by people who habitually lie, or tell a lie when it isn't even in their interest to do so. I can understand lying in a situation where telling the truth could cause irreparable harm; for example, I believe that if I were a Jew facing the Spanish Inquisition, I would say that I firmly believed in Catholicism, even if I had doubts. But to make up a story just to cause harm to another person seems stupid to me. This is exactly what Castle Park Elementary teachers did in order to get rid of teachers they didn't like. Shame on San Diego County Office of Education-Joint Powers Authority and its director Diane Crosier and on California Teachers Association legal chief Beverly Tucker for putting teachers in a position where they were pressured to tell their false stories under oath.

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