It's an absurd version of the modus operandi.
We shall never have friends, if we expect to find them without fault
(June 19, 1608 - August 16, 1661)
Nobody is asking a company director or a senior executive of a company to tell lies in the interests of talking up the value of the shares,
Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window