Thursday, December 4, 2008

8 Famous Liars Of The Day

A handful of folks who need new pants because theirs burned up.


JAMES FREY

After his autobiography A Million Little Pieces became a bestseller, thanks in large part to Oprah Winfrey and her book club, researchers discovered that Frey had fabricated key events in the book.

After much controversy, Frey appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for the second time on January 26, 2006 and claimed that the "demons" that had driven him to abuse alcohol and drugs were the same ones that had led him to invent events in his autobiography. Said Oprah, "I feel that you betrayed millions of readers."


STEPHEN GLASS

While working as a reporter in the late 1990s for The New Republic, Glass was exposed for making up facts in his stories. Glass had gone so far as to create fake websites and sources.

Glass' story was dramatized in the 2003 film, Shattered Glass, starring Hayden Christensen. The tagline for the movie: "He'd do anything to get a great story."


JAYSON BLAIR

In 2003, the New York Times reporter was caught plagiarizing and making up parts of his stories. He resigned and published a book in 2004 called Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times. In the book, he blames his behavior on a battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems.


JANET COOKE

Washington Post journalist Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for a story called "Jimmy's World," about an 8-year-old heroin addict. But Jimmy did not exist; the entire story was fabricated. Once exposed, Cooke resigned and returned the Pulitzer. She has since sold the movie rights to her story.


JACK KELLEY

In 2004, USA Today correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Jack Kelley was accused of fabricating stories and sources. He denied the charges and resigned.


BILL CLINTON

The 42nd President of the United States lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and, in 1998, became only the second president in U.S. history (the first was Andrew Johnson) to be impeached by the House of Representatives.


RICHARD NIXON

The 37th President of the United States. After his administration was exposed in the Watergate scandal as being involved in illegal activities, including wiretapping and harassment of political opponents, Nixon lied about his involvement and tried to stop the investigation. He failed, and resigned in 1974 before he could be impeached.


BARON MUNCHAUSEN

A German baron who served in the military and returned home with tall tales about his adventures. He reportedly told people that he'd travelled to the Moon, ridden cannonballs, and escaped from a swamp by pulling himself out by his own hair.

His supposed adventures became the subject of many books. Over the years, the tales of M
ünchausen have become popular adventure stories told to children. In 1988, filmmaker Terry Gilliam adapted some of the stories into a movie called The Adventures of Baron Münchausen.

Two psychological disorders are named after him. M
ünchausen Syndrome is a disorder in which someone feigns illness in order to get attention. Münchausen Syndrome By Proxy is a disorder in which a caregiver (usually the mother) fakes or induces illness in a child or someone else in his or her care in order to gain attention and sympathy.

Via HealthDiaries.com

18 comments:

  1. How about Pat Collins? Do you think she really liked those movies?

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  2. Man, I know kids who could make these clowns look like a bunch of amateurs.
    -Confusia

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  3. Jimmy Carter is one of our best ex-presidents.

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  4. hell you could put 90% of all politicians on this list stating with the biggest liar, george w.
    where ARE those wmd's george?? hmmm???

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  5. Seems like way too much work to do all that lying. You have too many details to keep straight and remember and then always having to tell new lies to cover up for the first ones. Usually, in spite of best efforts, the liars end up getting caught in their own web. Life is complicated enough without trying to remember all of that.

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  6. Okay. Where's my ex?


    (Terri - you beat me to the quip about Steve.)

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  7. I bet ya didn't know it, but Jimmy Carter is a poet.

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  8. Stephanie - Dr. Phil is a moron, so he lies by default.

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  9. I find it interesting that the majority of these liars are those to whom we entrusted so much. Journalism training engrains honesty, objectivity and truth - but the since a great many on this list are so-called journalists, it seems they missed that day in class! Presidents - feh - they are trained to lie from the get-go!

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  10. Don't forget Margaret Jones, author of "Love and Consequences." She fabricated a childhood in South Central LA and all sorts of trauma to sell her book. What's wrong with these people? Do they think they won't get caught? What arrogance.

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  11. THANK YOU for putting in Bill Clinton. Not only did he lie about Monica L, he sold US Satellite codes to the Chinese and had plans to base social security on the stock market. He and his harpy wife wouldn't know truth if it came up and slapped them on the arse.

    Not long ago, Mr Clinton visited where I lived in England, playing golf at the swankiest spot in town. He noticed a wedding was going on at the incredibly expensive and exclusive country club, so what did he do? Hopped the fence, crashed the wedding, went right up to the bride and said, "I'm Bill Clinton, and I just wanna say congratulations on your big day." The bride was tickled to death.

    Had it been me, I woulda grabbed his 9 iron and shoved it so far up his keiser I could tap his teeth. What a douchebag that guy is.

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  12. Said Oprah, "I feel that you betrayed millions of readers."

    For some reason, I felt like that should have said "Sayeth Oprah." *Eye roll* Stupid worshippers.

    And oh, of COURSE. Munchhausen Syndrome. How I missed the origin of that all these years... heh.

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  13. Clinton is there, but WHERE IS BUSH?

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  14. ^^Think it's too soon for W...I don't think you can add a president to a list like this until he's officially out of office.

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