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.
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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.
See also: gap

credibility gap

Lack of belief in a statement or policy. This phrase came into being in 1965 during the Vietnam War, when the American public became aware of differences between what the government said and what actually happened. After the war it was extended to discrepancies between the words and actions of both individuals and corporations. Some believe this term was spawned by the missile gap invoked during the 1960 presidential campaign, when John F. Kennedy charged that U.S. missile production was lagging behind the Soviet Union’s. Soon after the election the charge was dismissed as false. Since then, according to William Safire, “missile gap” has been used to mean exaggerated and misleading claims.
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Furthermore, we explore how the relationship between TV news exposure and a perceived media credibility gap is moderated by religious identification.
While five years ago, there may have been a credibility gap between the independent firms and the wirehouses, "That [gap] no longer exists today," he added.
If anything, there remains a major credibility gap in terms of the actions and words coming from the Turkish government.
It's become painfully obvious that military escalation without accountability won't close the Obama administration's credibility gap. The War Party has yet to reckon with the costs, mistakes and crimes of a decade-long occupation.
The wider issue, though, remains whether any of them can bridge the party's credibility gap.
"When Sinn Fein walked away from the welfare package they agreed to, a massive credibility gap was created, which they are desperately attempting to paper over." irish@mgn.
Because the Bahraini government has cried wolf more than once--referring to protestors and medical professionals as "terrorists" and repeatedly blaming Iran for domestic unrest--it has created a credibility gap that will not be easily overcome.
Attempting to cling desperately to its position as the world's superpower, the United States appears to have never been so isolationist in its foreign policy, or to have faced such a credibility gap.
There is also a credibility gap while Mid Yorkshire Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group maintain that the changes will save lives and are being made for clinical reasons rather than financial ones.
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.
* The credibility gap. The report ignores the most critical issue facing the accounting profession today.
"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.
Hazardous waste sites; the credibility gap. (reprint, 1984)
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.