Acton Institute Powerblog

Why do we hate whistleblowers?

Americans claim to hate fraud and corruption. Yet we also tend to despise and discourage those who “snitch” and expose such crimes. How do we reconcile these contradictory positions?

Today is “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” an observance to celebrate people who come forward to raise the alarm about a problem within government or a public organization. In honor of the day I recommend watching this video by Kelly Richmond Pope, an accounting professor turned documentary filmmaker, who considers why we hate whistle-blowers and touches on the lessons learned from whistle-blowers in some of the nation’s most high-profile cases. Pope makes the argument for why we need more whistle-blowers.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).