credibility gap


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credibility gap

The discrepancy between the lofty promises that a person makes and the resulting action or situation. The politician suffered a credibility gap regarding his claims about the economy's improvement because his constituents were still unable to find work.
See also: gap

credibility gap

Distrust of a public statement or position, as in The current credibility gap at City Hall is the result of miscommunication between the mayor's office and the press . This term originated about 1960 in connection with the American public's disinclination to believe government statements about the Vietnam War. It soon was extended to individuals and corporations as well as government agencies to express a lack of confidence in the truth of their statements, or perception of a discrepancy between words and actions.
See also: gap
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When you see all these cars scurrying about endlessly you really wonder at the credibility gap but there you are, that's what the ad says.
This writer has argued that the credibility gap continues to expand as positive public support for the accounting industry continues to decline.
This exposes a local Labour credibility gap between rhetoric and reality on the bedroom tax.
I sense herein the NBS is still struggling a bit with the credibility gap after recent changes at the top, and wants to prove that it is fully independent, and to do whatever it takes to break the back of inflation and the still wide current account deficit.
With a non-credible military threat, confused messaging, and a growing credibility gap, under-enforced economic sanctions have become the centerpiece of the Obama administration's deterrent strategy.
Such contradiction within his own letter suggests a serious credibility gap.
The guidelines, "Ten Recommendations for Closing the Credibility Gap in Reporting Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research," were published in the May issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings and are available free on the journal's website (http:// download.
A notable exception to that credibility gap is Girlschool, who emerged from the NWBHM movement in the late 70s and developed a healthy fanbase after being adopted as Motorhead's support act of choice.
These factors have created a credibility gap so the people laughed at our performance the same way they laughed at the broad-based government [recently formed]" al-Mahdi said.
He accepted that there is lack of trust in relations between Pakistan and US, saying that there is a credibility gap.
Mezrich has a credibility gap that shines through writing that's overwrought, overstated, overeverything.
Using engineering specialists can also bridge the credibility gap for commercial insureds with underwriters and lenders.
To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.
There is no substance at all to anything he says, and I believe the nearer we get to the national elections the bigger the credibility gap will grow.