Geoff Peterson wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the topic was falsifying reports. My examples show that Kirk did that on a couple of occasions. But now they don't count because his heart was in the right place.
You're wrong. The topic I was speaking of was not falsifying reports, it was Kirk's moral integrity.
Spock falsified orders in "Amok Time" and Kirk then compounded that disobeying Komack's orders by going to Vulcan. By the end of the episode Komack gives the okay to proceed to Vulcan, but the Enterprise is already there. Did Kirk fess up to that?
I don't know. Do you know that he lied to Starfleet about it in his official report?
Am I the only one who sees a difference between:
a) doing something, being honest about it and accepting the consequences
b) doing something and lying about it to avoid the consequences
This is exactly what I'm talking about. Not Kirk breaking the rules, but Kirk considering himself entirely above the rules. Which is, incidentally, exactly what Pike says about him in ID, as well...