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Lying Redefined

May 19, 2010

The long-standing Attorney General of Connecticut has been caught and skewered by his own words. According to this New York Times investigative report, he has publicly claimed to have served in Vietnam in the 70s, whereas records show he never left our country.

As he realized he had been caught in a lie, here is his response (in part):

Surrounded by supporters and veterans, Mr Blumenthal made an admission of sorts. “I did mispeak on a few occasions out of hundreds I have attended,” he said. But he added: “I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record.

Lying is called “misspeaking”. Of course, it is misspeaking, if what he means is he should not have spoken what he did. But he clearly is implying he accidentally claimed to have been in Vietnam on more than one occasion.

Is it any wonder our faith in politicians is at an all-time low? But before any of us feel “high and mighty”, let’s review the things we said yesterday. Did we “misspeak” in any way? Any exaggerations? Any judgmental or cynical comments about co-workers or friends? Did we lead people to believe we are one thing when we truly are something else?

I’ll stop. I don’t like what I see in the mirror.

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