6/10/14 Resume Padding


There were columns and articles noting the passing Dr. Maya Angelou.  Most made the same mistake.  She was not a doctor.  Not an M.D.  Not a Ph.D.  She never even attended college.  Maya Angelou simply insisted everyone call her “doctor.”

Julius Erving and Andre Young call themselves Dr. J. and Dr. Dre, respectively.  Most people probably don’t assume they hold higher degrees.  Whereas, Angelou often used “Dr.” and “Ph.D.” in her bios [here, here, here].

People who receive honorary degrees don’t actually call themselves “doctor.” Or we’d have Doctors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Puff Daddy, and Kermit the Frog, just to name a few.

Resume padding is not unusual.  Sandra Baldwin resigned as U.S. Olympic Committee president when it was discovered she didn’t have the college degrees she claimed.  Same thing happened to George O’Leary after only five days as the Notre Dame football coach.

The CEOs of Yahoo, Radio Shack, Bausch & Lomb and MGM Resorts all got into trouble over non-existent degrees.

Commentator Bill O’Reilly claimed to have won two prestigious Peabody journalism awards.  [The O’Reilly Factor episodes of 8/30/99, 5/8/00, 5/19/00.] 

He didn’t win any.

Joe Biden was humiliated during his 1988 presidential run when it was learned he plagiarized the entire life story of another politician.  Go big or go home. Huh, Joe?

There are several books about people who fraudulently claim to be heroic or decorated military veterans.

People may lie about their accomplishments.  But the media shouldn’t be in on the deception.

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