Tuesday, March 05, 2024
American University
A project of the Rev. James B. Simpson Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication

So there’s this profound mythology around whistleblowers which says, first of all, they’re all crazy. But what I’ve found going around the world and talking to whistleblowers is actually they’re very loyal and, quite often, very conservative people. They’re hugely dedicated to the institutions that they work for. And the reason that they speak up, the reason they insist on seeing, is because they care so much about the institution and want to keep it healthy.

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So there’s this profound mythology around whistleblowers which says, first of all, they’re all crazy. But what I’ve found going around the world and talking to whistleblowers is actually they’re very loyal and, quite often, very conservative people. They’re hugely dedicated to the institutions that they work for. And the reason that they speak up, the reason they insist on seeing, is because they care so much about the institution and want to keep it healthy.
— Margaret Heffernan