Does truth matter in opinion pieces? Does it matter if you tell a white lie to illustrate your point?
Personally, I think it does. If you have to lie to make your point, then perhaps you need to rethink that point.
The reason I ask is because a journo I know recently wrote an opinion piece in which she said she’d been to uni, when in fact she’s done one semester of a one year diploma. (Do you like how I haven’t included a link? It could have been a great piece, but it isn’t.)
Lying about your education to talk yourself up in the pub isn’t a big deal – I had a housemate years ago who told people she had a psychology degree, when she’d only done a semester of first year psych and then dropped out of uni. I thought it was pretty funny, since I do have a psychology degree.
But that’s different to saying you have a university education to show how successful you are. Still, it’s not up there with SMH blogger Samantha Brett presenting herself as a “single gal” when she’s in a long-term relationship.