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Monday, January 17, 2011

Manipulating the Truth

I read a story out of BITS AND PIECES years ago, that made me chuckle and think.

A college freshman decided to try out for his college track team. He was slow, but did so anyway because he knew it would make his father—a former miler—happy.

His first race was at an intra-squad meet. He competed in the one mile run. There was only one other participant—the college’s champion miler. As you might expect, the champion won handily.

The boy wanted to portray his efforts in the best light. Consequently, he wrote the following account to his father:

"You will be happy to know that I ran against Bill Williams, the best miler in school. He came in next to last, while I came in second."

True, but very deceiving. Maybe the young, failed miler graduated to become a politician’s “spin doctor.”

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