The Power to Lie
The Other Side of the Tracks
Anyone following this nonsense should do so with an air of insult and disdain. A disdain for corporate
A few weeks ago, one of Yahoo’s largest shareholders gave the company an ultimatum to fire Thompson by noon on Monday, May 14 or the investor “will considerit grounds for further action.” The it was that Thompson lied on his resume; specifically he lied about that which helped secure him the top spot at Yahoo.
Lying deceives the hearer and contorts the consequences.
Yahoo hired Thompson this past January. Several weeks later, he signed a regulatory filing for publication, attesting that its contents were accurate to the best of his knowledge. The document said Mr. Thompson had degrees in accounting and computer science from
Thompson lied. His public statement on the matter was that he “misstated” his accomplishments. This is an affront to millions of Americans who seek work - honestly - and are denied employment because they are “unqualified,” according to the rejecting hiring managers.
How many of us can get away with falsehoods on our resumes and not get fired? For the record, Thompson apologized for the “misstatement,” but he did not resign. Though I am not a Yahoo shareholder, I called for his termination immediately upon public disclosure of his lie. On behalf of “The 99%” and other “non-organized” workers nationwide, this practice of the casual mea culpa is unacceptable. Obviously, Scott Thompson wouldn’t have agreed. Lying seems acceptable behavior in corporate
What I know is that, had Thompson been Black, he’d have been fired. We know that former New York Times reporter, Jason Blair, was fired when his lie was revealed in the public sphere. Yahoo is a highly visible and supposedly trusted corporate entity. If it accepts this behavior, then should we trust any claims Yahoo makes about its business practices?
Resume fibbing is nothing new in corporate
It could be worse Companies like Bausch & Lomb, after learning the biography of its CEO, Ronald Zarrella, rejected his resignation. Huh? You ask. Zarrella claimed he had an MBA. The company rescinded his bonus, but he remained CEO. You can’t pay me to buy a Bausch & Lomb product to this day!
Lying seems acceptable behavior in corporate
Shareholders, the public, and pundits should have demand CEO Scott Thompson’s immediate resignation, especially when CEOs like him are unrepentant and non-remorseful for their deceptions. Who knows? Let’s hope that negative press and shareholder agitation made his position untenable.
For us to apathetically stand by and thumb-twiddle is as irresponsible as Yahoo. If Yahoo had upheld Thompson’s position, I vowed to drop any Yahoo-affiliated products I use and call for others to do likewise. (I happen to prefer Google search tools.) This is the season - an election season, mind you - to demand accountability. Cultural and institutional values are at stake. No one should justify or condone lying, whether it is police testifying, prosecutors withholding evidence, or parents lying to their children. Lying deceives the hearer and contorts the consequences.
No one should embrace the power to lie. I revert to a frequent theme: the injustice criminal justice system in
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Perry Redd, is the former Executive Director of the workers rights advocacy, Sincere Seven, and author of the on-line commentary, “The Other Side of the Tracks.” He is the host of the internet-based talk radio show,Socially Speaking in