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On being economical with the truth


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Sunday Star Times - 31 August 2008

This has to be a classic illustration of being economical with the truth.

Ms Clark did not lie, but the media and others do not appear to have grasped the precise nature of what was being said. But is not a very good look for Ms Clark who has campaigned for years on being truthful and up-front.

Adam thinks that Ms Clark has damaged her brand in this whole mess. She has laid herself open to being tagged as devious and misleading in the mind of the collective public, not just political ‘junkies’.

The media come up short though for not fully grasping what she said, as she did not deny the position, but deflected the issue. In retrospect her answer can be read as a ‘yes, Mr Glenn did donate’.

  1. 31/08/2008 19:36

    It is possible to lie by omission as well as commission.

    This is why in court witnesses are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


  2. 31/08/2008 19:13

    Umm, Let’s get this right. She doesn’t know the facts. People ask her what the facts are. She says (1) it’s not her place to say and (2) essentially, she doesn’t know the precise answer. Which is true. Sounds like she was being honest about what she knew.


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