Friday, May 06, 2011

"Fact Pattern" the Spin of '10s?

Did someone in the White House Communication Office really say that they were backing off of speaking about the raid until they got their fact pattern right? Apparently in the frustration of straightening out the timeline of events, the new press spokesperson dropped the term. It is a legal one, referring to evidence trails in cases. Still, as the UK's Telegraph and good old says, it now joins kinetic action in the newspeak jargon of politics.

Obviously, it is hard to get things together when you have a large organization. But word choice means something, and when you use legalese in places that seem to call for plain language, it does not help the situation.

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