Another day, another idiot. This time, it is one shilling a book called “Willful Blindness” and it’s described thusly:
In “Willful Blindness” journalist and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan asks, “Why, as individuals, companies and countries, do we so regularly look at the mirror and ask how, ‘How could we have been so blind?’ ”
When she asked people about the concept of ‘willful blindness,’ they gave examples on their own – abuse, divorce, Ponzi schemes, subprime mortgages. “Almost everyone mentioned the Iraq war and global warming: big public blunders caused or exacerbated by a reluctance to confront uncomfortable facts.”
So this book is basically a giant dumping ground for leftist politics. Got it. Oh and by the way, global warming? Not a man-made thing. Moving on.
She was first introduced to the term when writing a play for the BBC on the failed energy company, Enron.
I just want to savor that thought for a moment. Writing a play for the BBC about Enron. Hm. Has anyone ever seen this play? I can’t imagine why it isn’t a household name… which isn’t even mentioned in the article.
The legal description for the term “willful blindness,” as described by the judge, was: ‘You are responsible if you could have known, and should have known, something that instead you strove not to see.’
What judge? Judge Lake? In the jury instructions, Judge Lake said “willful blindness,” meaning ignorance of a conspiracy, doesn’t count as ignorance if it was intentional. “You may find that a defendant had knowledge of a fact if you find that the defendant deliberately closed his eyes to what would otherwise have been been obvious to him … Knowledge can be inferred if the defendant deliberately blinded himself to the existence of a fact.”
I am not sure that Lake used the explicit term “should have known” and I am almost certain he never said “strove not to see.” But this is just Enron, so I guess it’s okay for journalists to be sloppy with their work.
In the case of Enron, (Chief Executive Jeffrey) Skilling and (Chairman Kenneth) Lay could have known, and had the opportunity to know, just how rotten their company was.”
Really? How about some proof. How about actually giving us an example of “just how rotten their company was”? And for that matter, when was the opportunity to know given to Jeff and Ken Lay? Andy Fastow said that he kept his deceit hidden from Jeff Skilling. What was Jeff supposed to do, audit his own CFO for no reason whatsoever?
She doesn’t bother to give examples or proof. Why bother, it’s just Enron, right? Everybody “knows” that was rotten. No need for facts or anything.