Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I might have put my foot in it, or not,  and need some opinions.

What is the difference between suggesting someone has lied to you versus suggesting they have misled you?

The pair are synonymous but to they mean the same thing?  Can you lie without misleading? Can you mislead without lying? Does the dictionary meaning matter?

To me lying is knowingly telling something that's not true with the intent to deceive, or mislead.

However where does an unintentional mistruth come into play? Does mistrust create a situation where you no longer accept the word of an individual, to the point where they no longer have credibility and you do not believe a word they are saying? That would not mean that they are telling a you a lie but you do not believe anything they say.

Frankly, I think misleading is worse than lying because misleading statements are framed in part-truth, and that is what makes being misleading so egregious.

Is there such a thing as an absolute lie or absolute truth in the political world?

Lying is a political tool that provides cover. It is not necessarily about deception in a sinister way - people lie to protect themselves, to protect others, as well as to use.

At the end of the day a lie is what you make of it! If a person calls you on it, than so be it?

Misleading or lying, it is semantics, the employ of either reduces ones credibility to the point where you do not have faith in what they tell you.

Which leads to the question does one apologize for calling it as you see it because the other point of view is so pretentious and controlling that they want to show you that they are controlling  the game?

I think someone has been watching way too much of A Game of Thrones.

Kneel before me and repent, or I shall have you beheaded.

Give me a break.

Thank god we are living in a democracy.

 I suppose that is questionable as well!


Brad Cabana said...

I like the dictionary definition: A stated falsehood meant to convey a false impression.It fits the bill.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter:

In my opinion, "misleading" is whne there is small print at the bottom of the advertisement. The " Not exactly as illustrated " statement. Car ads are famous for it when they promote sales of the model based on gas mileage. For examply "you WILL get 30 mpg" is the statement however in small print there are a plethora of conditions which must exist before you can get it.

A lie would be when you state it gets 30 mpg and that is not true.

Politicians are famous for misleading statements. Protestors are famous for misleading statements. It's what they say that they can get away with when using caveats that they hope you will not take the time to pay attention to. The "small print" if you like.

Anonymous said...

The political types dislike bring called out. The fragile egos do not take criticism well. What did you do this time?

Winston Adams said...

I hope you are referring to the energy saving myth for lights etc

Winston Adams said...

Yes, one can mislead without lying.If you pass along information that is not factual, but you think it is. The legal professiion might call it an "error". On the other hand, to intentionally mislead is very much a lie,and there may be degrees of lying, as you say, some can mislead by framing statements in part-truth, which is egregious. Should one apologize for misleading? I guess so , if it is intentional, serious enough, and if one is concerned about ethics and credability.