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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.
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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.
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As the credibility gap increases, so does inequality of access, social mobility, power and wealth.
Surely more quality care time would produce fewer litigations and close the credibility gap between the targets on the hospital wards and the daily reality?
In the credibility gap of a Second World country, the two big mantras of accountability and scrutiny dominate public messages and processes.
What helmer Jeffery Scott Lando's first feature lacks in imaginative ideas and production gloss, it makes up for with tight pacing that bridges the credibility gaps.