But if the time should ever come — and I do not concede any conflict to be even remotely possible — when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do the same.
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Jason Cowley , reviewing the book in The Guardian , felt that Outliers was an argument between Gladwell and himself, referring to the many times that he uses the word "we" when defining his position, such as in the example: "There is something profoundly wrong with the way we look at success. [...] We cling to the idea that success is a simple function of individual merit and that the world in which we grow up and the rules we choose to write as a society don't matter at all."  He also believed that there was a "certain one-dimensional Americanness at work", observing that many of Gladwell's examples are from the United States, particularly in New York City.  In an article about the book for The New York Times , Steven Pinker wrote, "The reasoning in 'Outliers,' which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false dichotomies , had me gnawing on my Kindle ."  In a review in The New Republic , Isaac Chotiner called the final chapter of Outliers "impervious to all forms of critical thinking". 
Reached late Wednesday night, Williams said he wasn't ready to comment and was conferring with his wife about the episode.
Sept. 21, 3 . Updated to include statements from Warner Bros.
Sept. 21, 4:30 . Updated with statement from SAG-AFTRA.