a non-denial denial

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a non-denial denial

A statement that seems 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.
See also: denial
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Not many of the journalists in the room were convinced by what's known in the trade as a non-denial denial.
"Want to see a classic example of a non-denial denial? Notice how shrewd and deceptive her divine lawyers are by qualifying that the Queen of All Fixers did not intervene for Aliceinwonderland in any PENDING tax case," Gretchen said.
Finally, when the "great intel" story breaks, Trump's present national security adviser, Lt General HR Mc Master, issues a deeply awkward non-denial denial.Twelve hours later, Trump undermines him with a tweet.
I understand that this sounds to me like a non-denial denial of Mr.
According to the report, Longmore, who published the study on his blog, called the response a 'non-denial denial'.
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.
His response was a non-denial denial accompanied by his unreasonable facsimile of a laugh.
So why all the fuss over Paul's latest non-denial denial that he's interested in a third-party candidacy?
In one great political book called All The President's Men, this would have been known as a non-denial denial. You know who made non-denial denials?
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....
It is me sitting down and scribbling." But then he spoiled it all by saying that at one point Downing Street had issued a "non-denial denial".
But then Campbell spoiled it all by saying that at one point Downing Street had issued a 'non-denial denial'.
THE non-denial denial is a managerial tool well used by most football gaffers.
POLITICS gave us the non-denial denial. Sport is leading the way with the non-apology apology.
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.
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