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True but misleading

A lie by any other name

I read a guarantee on a “help you get funded website” whose name I won’t mention until I create a “wall of shame.” They charge a lot of money for fully guaranteed results. This sounds good until we read the guarantee which says if you don’t get funded in a year, you can list with them for another year. That’s the entire guarantee.

While it is true that they have a guarantee, it is misleading.

I stumbled on many other misleading things recently.

Our user-base has doubled every month for the past year …

… we now have just over 2,000 users.

Our town has the fastest growing economy in the country this year …

… after 5 years of economic collapse.

The elected official is committing adultery …

… he and his spouse have been separated for years, and his wife introduced him after the breakup to his new girlfriend.

We are rated well above all our competitors …

… in a survey of our most loyal users.

All the graduates of our program quickly got jobs in their field …

… the graduation rate is vanishingly small and succeeding at a paid internship is a graduation requirement.

If it is purposefully misleading, even if it is somehow technically true, I’ll call it a lie.

And that’s the honest truth.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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