I found the Dec. 1 Outliers (p. 80) item on Rick Scott, former Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer, to be in poor taste. Although the reprint of the song was supposed to be humorous, it simply underscores the media's pack attack on him.
While an employee of Columbia, I had one opportunity to meet Rick. At the time, he was sitting in the middle of the corporate cafeteria eating lunch with employees. Can you say that about many other CEOs? He also has a lot of compassion that's never mentioned. During the March floods in the Nashville area, corporate employees continually checked in with us to offer support and assistance, all at Rick's direction. He took time during the monthly company teleconference to explain the devastation and how Columbia employees could help colleagues in the affected areas. He also sent a personal check to help provide financial support to affected employees.
At the beginning of the item you made an apology to Rick's mother. I think you should extend that apology to Rick, his family, current and former Columbia employees, as well as your own mothers. Didn't they teach you that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?