I used to be a newspaperman, part of the only profession in America where ethical and moral failings are punished. Incompetency, too.
Doctors can kill their patients, mortgage brokers can cheat their clients, mine operators can kill their miners, cops can beat up citizens, priests can rape their altar boys and rarely will they be punished.
But if a journalist embroiders or fakes, or lifts without attribution, and he gets caught, out the door.
Take Brian Williams. Since I don't have a teevee, I was barely aware of his existence, although I did see his newscast a few times in my recent trip to the Mainland. It appears that, like a lot of old soldiers (or old anybodys), as he retold old stories over the years, he improved them.
From what I have read, he did not, at the time he was reporting the news from Iraq, do that. Only later. But he has been purged nevertheless.
So be it.
Now, contrast that with the reputation of Chris Kyle, a full-on liar. And what lies.
Brian Williams' lie described him as working to do a job in a dangerous environment. (It really was dangerous even if on the day in question, he was not shot at.)
Kyle's lies presented himself as a psychopathic murderer, barroom brawler and all-around creep. So far as we know, he wasn't a psychopathic killer, but he was a sociopath.
So Texas has declared Chris Kyle Day. It looks as though Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for title of craziest governor Texas ever had, a high bar considering previous contenders like Pass-the-Biscuits Pappy O'Daniel, both Fergusons and Rick Perry.