May 20, 2013
Why No One Would Listen
Posted on Mar 7, 2012
By Eyal Press, TomDispatch
Later, after the facts had come to light, Wydler testified at a Congressional hearing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before an audience full of defrauded investors. She received a standing ovation. The belated recognition felt nice, she told me, but it would have felt a lot better if more people had listened to her beforehand, and maybe even stood by her side.
If we really want to honor people like Wydler, we ought to make sure that financial industry whistleblowers who emulate her example in the future don’t have to languish in isolation or wait so long for the applause, and that, unlike Eileen Foster, Harry Markopolos, and Leyla Wydler, they will be spared the silent treatment.
Eyal Press is the author of the new book “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). To listen to Timothy MacBain’s latest Tomcast audio interview in which Press discusses the treatment of American whistleblowers, click here, or download it to your iPod here. Follow Eyal Press on Twitter @EyalPress.
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