Risks in speak­ing out

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Dun­can Garner (Dec 2) says that Gol­riz Ghahra­man learned a tough les­son about truth, hon­esty and spin. But he missed an­other les­son that’s just as im­por­tant.

It is: If you write some­thing that can be mis­taken, taken out of con­text or mis­in­ter­preted, then some­one some­where will do it and ham­mer you with it. So­cial me­dia makes it eas­ily and quickly dis­trib­uted.

Small dif­fer­ences and nu­ances get blown up into ma­jor is­sues, such as whether Shane Jones is say­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent from the prime min­is­ter about get­ting peo­ple into work.

How does any­one in pub­lic life avoid it? By very clever spin? Or per­haps by say­ing noth­ing con­tro­ver­sial or com­pli­cated? Is that what we re­ally want? DAVID WRIGHT Welling­ton

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