I haven't seen the interview with Barbara Walters
yet (don't even know when it airs) but saw a bit of her talking about it to Bill
O'Reilly and had to laugh. Barbara mentioned that Martha was basically a woman
who "did it on her own".
I give Martha a lot of credit for being self
motivated and creative but not self-made. I know enough about her to know
that she was an unhappy homemaker that started a catering business with a lot of
help from her then husband. I laughed because it would be like someone calling
me self-made if I started a business right now, left my husband, got half of
what we built together and then became successful. If she went to college,
started her business, then got married, then she would be self-made. She had all
of the advantages and risked it all for a little more. That risk has serious
consequences since what she did was unethical if not illegal. The illegal part,
as I follow, is the lying and obstructing justice after the fact.
The insider trading was taken care of by her friend.
Martha has balls though. When Ms. Walters asked her if she was afraid of going
to jail she answered," Of course I'm afraid. Who wouldn't be? But I don't
believe I will be going to jail." I think she should go just to say to her,
"Hey, you aren't above everyone else. People can go on living just fine without
Martha Stewart." Wouldn't any ordinary person in her shoes have to serve? Why
should celebrities get any special treatment?