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Of leaders, lies and euphemisms

Of leaders, lies and euphemisms

We can describe lying in as many ways as we like….

I love Lucy Kellaway’s FT columns, this one from February last year is a classic. I got to thinking about leaders and lies, and how lies are euphemistically described when Sir John Chilcot today described Tony Blair as “not straight with the nation” on the Iraq war when he was British Prime Minister. Sir Robert Armstrong, British Cabinet Secretary said during the ‘Spycatcher’ trial in 1986 that a book written by a former MI5 employee “…contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.”. More recently Kellyanne Conway introduced us to the notion of “alternative facts” http://bit.do/dySAA Is it no surprise therefore that Edelman’s 2017 Trust barometer finds “that trust is in crisis around the world. The general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, a phenomenon not reported since Edelman began tracking trust among this segment in 2012”. Here is an opportunity, if ever I saw one, for smart comms leaders with integrity to take some initiative. https://lnkd.in/d4D8HDQ



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