Fri, September 20th, 2013 - 11:01 am - By Gordon Basichis
If you don’t believe people lie about having their degrees then read this article. Even those in high places have been discovered to have lied about their degree. A simple background check would have revealed that the person did not have a degree.
In this case the person was an op-ed writer for the Wall Street Journal. This was the same person who Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain quoted in citing reasons for launching an attack against Syria. Now, for me, I’m not saying the PHD she claimed she had would have given her any more wisdom in understanding the dynamics of Syria than world experience. There are college dropouts and even high school dropouts who have made fortunes without benefit or, as some feel, hindrance of a diploma.
But then in this case the writer lied about it. And she was fired. One wonders if upon hiring her, the publication just took her claim to a PHD at face value or actually conducted an education verification. I’d say probably not.
According to Politico…”The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.
“The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”