Margaret Thatcher was a master of detail and a fearsome debater. MPs were afraid to challenge her because of her reputation for winning these debates. When she took down a political opponent, it was called a handbagging, a reference to her ever-present handbag.
The world is complicated, and truth is elusive. Pursue it anyway. Do your best to be kind, but don’t be afraid to be tough. Always ask yourself, Could I be wrong? And remember that Socrates was the wisest man in Athens because he was the one man who knew that he did not know. If necessary, change your mind and do so publicly.
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1964 If you believe that Kitty Genovese was murdered in the courtyard of her Queens apartment while 38 of her neighbors closed their blinds and failed to call the police because they didn’t want to get involved, you have been punked by the New York Times.
1978 If you believe that the Reverend Jim Jones, perpetrator of the horrific Jonestown massacre, was a conservative Christian faith healer, you have been punked by CNN.
1992 If you believe that President George H.W. Bush saw a supermarket checkout scanner for the first time in 1992 and was amazed by a technology shoppers had been using for years, you have been punked by the New York Times.
1998 If you believe that Matthew Shepard was viciously beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in the freezing Wyoming night because his bigoted attackers hated homosexuals, you have been punked by Katie Couric.
2006 If you believe that three privileged lacrosse players at Duke University raped a black stripper hired to entertain them at an off-campus party, you have been punked by the Washington Post.
2016 If you believe the presidential election was stolen from Hillary Clinton because the Republican candidate was secretly colluding with Russians, well, you deserve to be punked.