Listen to what people tell you. They will usually tell you the truth. For example, take the never ending Hillary Clinton email server controversy. Intelligence officials have confirmed that there was classified information on her private email server.
Yet while campaigning in Iowa today she told reporters that she “did not send or nor did she receive material marked classified from her email server” while Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. According to most recent reports, it appears that statement could be correct; thus far the emails in question were not marked as classified. She is likely telling the truth about that.
Listen to what people tell you. They will usually tell you the truth.
However, the issue with her emails is not about markings on certain emails. The issue is about the existence of classified content on her private server. Note she did not say she “did not send or nor did she receive classified material from her email server.” She said she didn’t send or nor did she receive material marked classified. How all this plays out remains to be seen. My point here is to highlight the importance of listening carefully to word choice.
If someone is asked a question, do they answer the specific question? If someone makes a statement, do they add qualifiers to make their particular statement true?
Dr. Paul Ekman, the world’s leading deception expert, has defined lying as the deliberate intent to mislead. Therefore when someone responds to a question without answering the specific question or adds a qualifier to a statement, the receiver must determine if there is a deliberate attempt to mislead.
Listen carefully to word choice. People will usually tell you the truth.