One of my favorite ads on television is Geico's Did You Know Pinocchio Was a Bad Motivational Speaker?
Pinocchio was caught in a white lie as he tried to assure the member of the audience he has potential to succeed.
Fortunately our noses don't get long or other body parts elongate when we tell a lie.
There are people who are experts in telling when a person lies as indicated by certain body signs. In fact, there are several CIA experts who have written a book how to catch someone in a lie without water boarding!
Once you lie---you have to create a new lie to cover the first lie---and worst yet is remembering what the original lie was about!
A good memory is needed once we have lied.
PIERRE CORNEILLE, Le Menteur
Source: Notable Quotes
Well NBC commentator Brian Williams was recently called out on his "white lie." about his adventures in Iraq after claiming he was in a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq.
Admittedly after seeing Brian Williams on SNL and other talk shoes he is indeed a very funny guy---perhaps too funny to be a leading newscaster. Yet when we turned on the NBC news we expected Williams the funny guy to be a serious journalist.
Williams decided to temporarily step down as he claimed his "white lie," was starting to dominate the news.
Williams is not the first well paid public figure to lie or exaggerate a story.
Politicians lie or evade the truth daily. Presidents have lied to and drew us into the quagmire of Iraq, Vietnam, Watergate, Monicagate etc.,
Corporate leaders continue to lie to save their profits and have screwed the little guy.
If you were to Google, "the top liars in history," you will be directed to almost over 94 million results regarding the topic. Perhaps Williams will be on the list someday.
However, putting it in perspective, Williams did not get anyone killed or cost the average Joe thousands of dollars unless all your money was invested in NBC.
NBC has its own way of dealing with people that embarrass or hurt the network financially. Among the victims of the peacock's wrath are:
David Gregory was let go from Meet the Press
Anne Curry from the Today Show
Martin Bashir, Alec Baldwin and Keith Olberman were all let go from MSNBC