The Insider Warrants a Response The Dilution argument asserts that most arguments have three parts: the claim, the reason, and the warrant. The claim is the action that a person executes, while the reason is explains why the person carried out his/her action. However, the reason often needs proof or, as Dilution calls it, evidence. This gives the reason validation and explains the purpose of the claim/action. The warrant, on the other hand, provides the audience with underlying assumptions that are often implied.
Warrants are generally values that people hold; if the audience accepts the warrant, the claim can be developed. However, if the audience disputes the warrant, then it must be defended with backing-? another Dilution term. Essentially the claim is the action; the reason, the cause of the action; the warrant, the value that leads to the claim. Dry. Jeffrey Wigwag worked for a few years for the tobacco company Brown and Williamson. However, his boss Sander fires Wigwag for “poor communication skills.
At first, his wife is devastated that he lost his job, mainly for healthcare reasons. The doctor’s daughter has acute asthma and Wigging’s job provided him and his family with healthcare benefits. Nonetheless, as part of his severance package, the company agrees to continue providing Wigwag with a health and welfare package as long he agrees to sign a confidentiality contract, which he does. Later, a journalist from the well-respected 60 Minutes, requests Wigwag to help him reveal information about the tobacco industry.
Because Wigwag signed a infallibility agreement contract, he chooses to not release and corporate information from Brown and Williamson, since he values his integrity and his family. Dry. Jeffrey Wigwag, through his expertise and involvement in the tobacco company, single-handedly devastated the Brown and Williamson corporation. At first, Wigwag is fired from the company due to a lack of proper communication-? a recurring motif throughout the movie. He signs a confidentiality agreement, which, initially, he had no intention to break, as part of his severance package.
Nonetheless, his former boss accuses Wigwag of this criminal activity and “requests” that he sign a more specific contract detailing precisely the secrets of the company. If he refuses to sign the agreement, Brown and Williamson will terminate Wigging’s health and welfare benefits along with his severance package, which directly threatens the doctor’s family. Because Brown and Williamson threatens his family, and since he wants to destroy those who wish harm on his wife and kids, Wigwag decides to testify against the company, revealing its ill-natured purposes.
The pop priority for Wigwag is to protect his family, both physically and financially, while that of the tobacco company is to protect its secrets. Since the company threatens Wigging’s top priority, he retaliates by attacking that of Brown and Williamson. He succeeds in his reprisal and ultimately brings down the corporation. Lowell Bergman is an honorable journalist who works to uphold the reputation of his show 60 Minutes. In Lebanon, Hezbollah militants escort Bergman to their leader Sheikh Abdullah, where Bergman convinces him to be interviewed by Mike Wallace for the show.
However, because the Sheik initially asks to see the questions prior to the interview, he denies the request, since he values his own journalistic integrity and that of 60 Minutes. If the journalist allowed the Sheikh to have prior knowledge of the questions, it would allow him to formulate political responses that could help support his cause, thus, tainting the reputation of the respected show. Furthermore, Bergman works under the code to report reliable and honest information to the public on “the most-respected, the highest-rated, the most-profitable show on [the CBS] network.
In the end, Bergman decides to quit after the network chose to not air Wigging’s interview, since he believed that the shows integrity had been tarnished and replaced by money. Lowell Bergman, a journalist for 60 Minutes, gets old of documents relating to a tobacco company, and wishes to expose the secrets of the tobacco industry. He does not understand the documents and inquires his friend for a translator, who refers him to Dry. Jeffrey Wigwag. Wigwag is initially hesitant to speak with Bergman because he signed a confidentiality agreement after being fired from the tobacco company Brown and
Williamson. The journalist eventually convinces him to meet and, in the privacy of a hotel room, translate the documents. Wigwag is later accused by the tobacco company of breaking his agreement; thus, he blames Bergman for selling him out. Nevertheless, because Wigwag chose to help and talk to him about the documents, Bergman does not burn Wigwag, since he respects his sources and his integrity. Bergman proves that he preserves the anonymity of his sources, and eventually interviews the doctor to expose the tobacco industry ignorance of health considerations.