• Chart: What Are We Calling the Lies in Political Speeches?

    "Lie" is a such a strong word. Perhaps that's why the Associated Press, among other press outlets, chose to plumb new euphemistic frontiers in its search for the perfect way to describe the genre-bending creative nonfiction of Paul Ryan's vice-presidential acceptance speech.

    Which euphemisms were actually employed by the media?

    * "It's keeping fact-checkers busy…[the Obama campaign] is trying to call attention to perceived inaccuracies in Ryan's speech" - Chuck Todd, MSNBC.

    * "Factually challenged" – John Berman, CNN.

    * "Factual shortcuts." - Jack Gillum and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

    Personally, I wish someone would use freedom fable.

    Tags: Media, Paul Ryan, Republican National Convention


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