Episode #44: “Define ‘Integrity’?”, from True’s 5 April 2009 issue.
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“I want to restore integrity to City Hall,” said Dave Bing, 65, when he launched his campaign for mayor of Detroit, Mich. Bing, a former pro basketball player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons, often bragged that “I was one of those guys that graduated in four years,” and “I got an MBA from the General Motors Institute, after I got into business.” But Bing, who left Syracuse University in 1966 to play basketball, didn’t quite graduate; he finally completed his last requirement in 1995, and only then got his diploma. And the GM Institute, now known as Kettering University, said the degree they gave Bing in 2000 was an honorary doctorate in management. “Dave does not have an MBA. He knows that,” said campaign spokesman Cliff Russell. And the discrepancy over his “four year” college career is just a “misunderstanding,” he said. Bing is running in a special election to replace Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was jailed for perjury. (Detroit Free Press) …So, Bing is clearly qualified to lead Detroit.
Update: Bing was not only elected to finish Kilpatrick’s term, but was re-elected for a full term of his own. But his approval ratings were so terrible (partly because he led the city into bankruptcy), he wisely decided not to run again.
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3 Comments on “Weird News Video #44 — Integrity, Schmegrity”
Even funnier than your comment, Drew … was that the ad that YouTube decided to slap on this particular video was for Bing’s own campaign website!
I don’t know who Drew is, but that’s pretty funny! And I’m amazed that the Bing campaign would be so dumb as to pay for ad impressions to show people in Tennessee, since you wouldn’t be able to vote in the Detroit mayoral election. -rc
Randy, I’d love to see you do a followup video on the adventures of Kwame Kilpatrick because there’s something strange in that Detroit water supply. Kilpatrick, whom you mentioned as the felonious mayor Bing wishes to replace, has moved to the Dallas area and been hired for a sales job by Detroit-based Compuware (on the same day they announced layoffs of 250 employees). Mr. Kilpatrick and family are now renting a house in Southlake, recently named as the city with the highest median income in the entire country (take that, Beverly Hills!). And some people say crime doesn’t pay? That all depends on who you know, I guess.
Wait: did you say he was hired for a sales job, or hired for a snow job? He’s clearly qualified for the latter. -rc
Dave Bing won this election 🙂
Well, it is Detroit, after all! I’m sure most of the dead voters were for him…. -rc