I have a confession to make. I suffer from pondering, and I don't think there is a cure for it.
Lately, there has been a lot in the news about lying and cheating that has led me to ponder that issue. I've focused my pondering on what the consequences should be.
I have another confession to make. I got caught cheating when I was in college. My professor could have had me expelled. But he took mercy on me. He saved me the embarrassment and shame of disappointing my parents. There is no way of knowing what I would be doing now, had I been kicked out of school. I'm pretty certain I would not be managing this station.
In my opinion, there are different levels of lying and cheating, and they don't always fit in neatly defined compartments. The most severe usually involves at least one victim…and the least severe may be the polite lie of not telling someone the real truth; such as, “No, that dress looks great on you.”
So my pondering has brought me to the conclusion that just as there are different levels of lying and cheating, there should be different levels of consequences. If there is a victim involved, it should be severe. But if nobody gets hurt, let's ponder the possibility of a second chance.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
The nicest thing about never lying is not having to remember what you said. Once a person lies to you, there will always be a question of whether you are hearing another lie.
lying and cheating is not the issue but know what you are reporting on is in my humble opinion
I agree with you. I AM 39 year old hard working outgoing friendly guy. I got in some trouble with drugs some years ago and have had the worst time getting a decent job even though im extremely qualified
Thank you for pondering and sharing. Regardless of victimization, the consequences should burden the ability to make conscious decisions to lie or cheat. You mention your cheating in college and your professor having mercy on you actions, however, you made a conscious decision to cheat which leads me to question your integrity. Are you lying to me about cheating? I will never know, and that is your burden.
Great job of pondering, more people should think or ponder before they do something they will regret, everyone deserves a second look. Thanks for your ponder!
You need to ponder onto a different job. Just because you manage the station doesn't mean you should be able to give your unwanted opinions. It's getting a lot worse and it's going downhill really fast. Step off soon or I'm sure someone will tell you just how terrible your commentary really is. Then again just as with Brain Williams is a liar, I'm sure your fellow news team will continue to lie to you.
$10 million a year salary due to honesty in reporting. Unfortunately it was frequently fabricated truth. He should be forgiven but not be the face of Truth for NBC.