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don't shoot the messenger

Don't get angry at or punish someone who is simply delivering bad or undesirable news as they are not responsible for it. A: "What do you mean I'm being sued by my ex-wife? I'll knock your lights out!" B: "Hey man, I'm just doing my job. Don't shoot the messenger!"
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shoot the messenger

If someone shoots the messenger, they blame a person who has told them bad news or information instead of blaming the person who is responsible for the situation. In blaming the polling organisation for his party's failure, Sir Malcolm is shooting the messenger.
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shoot (or kill) the messenger

treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.
Being the bearer of bad tidings has been a traditionally thankless task, as indicated in Sophocles' Antigone, ‘No man loves the messenger of ill’ and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, ‘The nature of bad news infects the teller’.
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shoot the ˈmessenger

blame the person who gives the news that something bad has happened, instead of the person who is really responsible: ‘You look awesome! But...’‘But what?’‘Well, don’t shoot the messenger here but those pants make you look a little... large.’
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Now, the Delhi Police has filed corruption charges against the MPs, but it has decided to shoot the messenger saying that the two journalists have abetted the crime of corruption.
Yet we should not be careful not to shoot the messenger.
Cardiff branch secretary Peter King said: "This was a very difficult decision to make but we simply cannot allow the authority to shoot the messenger instead of dealing with the serious under-resourcing of Children's Services - the very issue that was highlighted by Charles Faber's actions.
EDUCATION bosses pleaded with angry parents not to shoot the messenger at a rowdy meeting about a possible merger between two Coventry primary schools.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe should resist the temptation to shoot the messenger and lead the calls for a forensic review.
Rather, it is a classic case of don't shoot the messenger.
Don't shoot the messenger - discuss the message and be open to discussion about it all.
DON'T shoot the messenger folks, but it seems U2 fans are as irritating as their buffoon of a lead singer Bono.
By all means argue if you think you've had a raw deal but don't shoot the messenger.
As widely expected, corruption allegations against two of FIFA's 24-man ruling Executive Committee has turned from a promise to clean out the mucky stables to one of shoot the messenger.
IT might sound like a big ask going forward but, if you want to annoy colleagues, then cliches are the way to hit the ground running - but don't shoot the messenger.
Maloney believes the contest is worthy of a capacity crowd and if he berates the public for their indifference, he doesn't see why anyone should want to shoot the messenger simply because they don't like the message.
The tactic seems to be create division, shoot the messenger and ignore the message.