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U.S. Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona gave a speech on the Senate floor recently in which he said, “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does.”
But Kyl was wrong. Really wrong.
According to Politifact, “Planned Parenthood says the statistics are dramatically different – that 90% of its services are preventive in nature, compared with 3% that are abortion-related.”
So what should you do when you realize you made a very public statement that was wrong?
Instead of apologizing for making a mistake, Kyl created a new category of speech – the “intended non-factual statement.” Kyl’s office released a statement to CNN that said the Senator’s “remark was not intended to be a factual statement.”
This new category of speech takes spinning into a new realm. It allows someone to say whatever he or she wants regardless of its validity. All that is needed is a new, magical disclaimer, “not intended to be a factual statement.”
Goff Public and The GP Spin work hard to make sure anything we create is as factual as possible.
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