SM 131 “The Insider” Discussion Questions
In the movie “The Insider” there are three characters we will explore: Jeffrey Wigand,
Lowell Bergman, and CBS, Corp. While you watch the movie, please look for facts and
scenes that help you answer the following questions. We will discuss these questions in
1. Jeffrey Wigand:
a. Wigand is wrestling with a decision, what is that decision?
b. Using Kant’s Categorical Imperative, evaluate Wigand’s options in
making that decision. Include identifying Wigand’s competing duties.
c. Using Bentham’s Utilitarianism, evaluate Wigand’s options.
d. What, if any, blind spots do you see in Wigand’s path?
e. Do you think Wigand was satisfied with his decision?
f. What did Wigand lose when he blew the whistle on his employer?
g. How did blowing the whistle impact his career?
h. How did blowing the whistle impact his personal life?
i. Having heard Mr. Keating’s lecture on SOX and DoddFrank, what
sections of those laws, had they been passed at the time of Wigand’s
decision, would have helped Wigand? How would they have helped? DO
you think the law adequately addresses Wigand’s risks?
2. Lowell Bergman
a. Bergman is wrestling with a decision, what i