Liar Liar

Liar Liar
Stephen Glass was a young writer whose misinformation and fabrications, although found humorous by his co-workers, swayed the public opinion and effected many lives; including his. Like many professionals, Mr. Glass was skilled at what he did. He was a valued by his colleagues and had an almost unbreakable bond with them. All was well and dandy at The New Republic till Mr. Glass?s career came crashing down on his face like the twin towers of 9-11. Most of his work at The New Republic was falsified. He lied to himself, his boss, his co-workers, and the public. With the mendacity of course comes terrible and sometimes life altering consequences. One might ask these questions. Why did Mr. Glass lie? What did he lie about? And what consequences did it bring about?Just like most of us at various our workplaces, Mr. Glass sought some attention. He wanted to be `one of the guys? so to speak. As a writer, often when you have an interesting story people pay attention to you and that?s what Mr. Glass wanted. Intriguing stories weren?t very easy for him to find so he started fabricating and formulating all sorts of fictitious stories. When Claudius, In Hamlet, a story by William Shakespeare, killed his brother by dropping poison in his ear, he told everyone that a poisonous snake had bitten his brother. Claudius had misinformed in order to score with his brother?s wife and wear the crown as king. One of the effects of lying is that it leads to more lying. Also it was the effect of Mr. Glass?s need for popularity at The New Republic and Claudius wanting to be king. Although sometimes it seems that by lying we get what we want easier but little do we know that it comes back later to bite us in the ass.

Furthermore, twenty-seven out of forty-one of Mr. Glass?s articles were made up. Behind closed doors, Mr. Glass fabricates articles and actually formulates notes and sources to back them up. The effect of this ludicrous act reminds me of the story of the boy who cried wolf. It was a story of a young shepherd whose lies brought about his downfall. The young boy was very protective of his herd and so people of the village told him that at the sight of a wolf trying to attack his sheep that he should cry wolf. At first the young shepherd puts his alarm to a test by falsely crying wolf. The villagers came running to his aide only to find that the boy was trifling with them. The second time he cries, ?wolf! Wolf!? and the villagers once again came running and the boy laughs. However, the third time the young shepherd spots a real wolf, he cried, ?wolf! Wolf!? but this time in his disappointment nobody came running to his rescue. When Mr. Glass was caught in his lies, his career as he knew it, was flushed down the commode. So you see, lying in fact does come back to bite that chunk out of your cheek

Finally, after Mr. Glass was fired he had nothing to fall back on except to continue his education at the law schools he attends most evenings. All because of numerous lies and cover-ups. In contrast to this, Bill Clinton, our former President lied about his affairs with the Monica Lewinsky, an Intern at the White House. On August 17, 1998, an online article stated that " William Jefferson Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth before a Federal grand jury of the United States. Contrary to that oath, William Jefferson Clinton willfully provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning: (1) the nature and details of his relationship with a subordinate government employee; (2) prior perjurious, false and misleading testimony he gave in a Federal civil rights action brought against him; (3) prior false and misleading statements he allowed his attorney to make to a Federal judge in that civil rights action; and (4) his corrupt efforts to influence the testimony of witnesses and to impede the discovery of evidence in that civil rights action.

In doing this, William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President, and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore, William Jefferson Clinton, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States."

Because of his unprecedented actions he was placed in the hot seat. Like Mr. Glass, Clinton lied to his wife and the American public and as a result he faced public humiliation.

To sum up this issue one can ask, ?Is lying really necessary?? Indeed to some a little white lie may seem alright and doesn?t really hurt anybody. Believe it or not, when we lie we are hurting ourselves. Take Mr. Glass for instance, if he had been providing fictitious articles and lying about everything he would have still had his job at The New Republic. His urge to be known in the work place was where it all originated. It was the cause of his downfall in his writing career. As individuals, it is important that we be true to ourselves and not try to be what we?re not. Stephen Glass?s story is relative to other stories both past and present. Most of them show the consequence of lying with on the long run, weren?t very pleasing. We must all realize that no matter what we do, where we are and what we say, we must always keep in mind that the truth will set us free.

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