a non-denial denial

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a non-denial denial

A statement that seems and/or is intended to act as a direct denial to an allegation, but which, when taken literally or examined closely, does not deny the allegation at all. The phrase is most commonly associated with evasive answers of politicians facing scrutiny or accusations of misconduct. When pressed by journalists over certain large, undisclosed expenditures he had recently made, the senator gave a classic non-denial denial of any wrongdoing, stating ambiguously that any such spending was simply associated with the running of his campaign.
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THE non-denial denial is a managerial tool well used by most football gaffers.
There wasn't a Bob Hope of him getting the job but giving an impression of being in demand ensured the old non-denial denial was in full flow when the story of his name being on the shortlist hit the papers as he faced his weekly briefing with the press.
Georges, who gave the business paper a non-denial denial, owns a New Orleans grocery-distribution business and marine services, video, arcade and restaurant companies.
So why all the fuss over Paul's latest non-denial denial that he's interested in a third-party candidacy?
The next day (May 28), THE NEW AMERICAN reported: "It is possible that there are two entirely different sets of abusive photographs, based upon Gibbs' non-denial denial.
But Perry's non-denial denial is a little more significant this time because he was asked specifically if he would "rule out" running for president.
Merrill has issued an official non-denial denial to the charges, saying: "We have no reason to believe that any such inappropriate transactions occurred.
Airdrie's sole director, Joey Rowan, issued a similar non-denial denial.
Asked if all things between the Dolphins' and Trojans' jobs were equal, if he would remain at USC, Carroll went all non-denial denial on us:
While the recent Anheuser-Busch ads do not directly address the lawsuit, Boxer said in statement that the ads amount to "classic non-denial denials.
A precedent of non-denial denials that would have impressed Woodward and Bernstein was established.
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