“I misspoke”, a weaselly phrase

(K. Brent Tomer),

JORDAN EDWARDS, a black 15-year-old, was in the passenger seat of a car at a house party in Balch Springs, near Dallas, when he was shot and killed by a policeman with a rifle. The policeman’s boss later told reporters that the car had been driving “aggressively” backwards towards the officer. But after reviewing body-camera footage, it came to light that the car had been heading away from, not towards the officer. The police chief’s retraction? “I misspoke.”

More recently Diane Abbott, the British shadow home secretary, was being interviewed about her Labour Party’s plans to add 10,000 new police officers to Britain’s streets. She first gave the interviewer a cost of “about £300,000” ($388,000). Given a chance to correct this sum (£300 per officer), she changed it to £80m. Asked if this figure wasn’t also rather low, she went on to say that Labour would be recruiting 25,000 officers a year for four years, then 250,000, then 2,250, and…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC “I misspoke”, a weaselly phrase


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