Lying is Not the Way/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on November 26, 2018

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This snippet on the issue of Saudi Arabian responsibility for the death of a journalist appeared at Axios.com:

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union”: “I have been briefed by the CIA. And while I cannot discuss the contents of the briefing in any way, I can say that I think the president is being dishonest with the American people.”

We hear so much puffery and deception in public discussion, that we are almost immune to downright lying and chicanery. But in private discussions, between discordant parties who often have once been in a special relationship (e.g. husband and wife, employer and employee) there is no room for anything other than straight talk. How else will you get to a solution? The choice when we are involved in a dispute is simple. The dispute can be litigated or it can be mediated. If you think litigation will get to truth and an ultimate resolution of the differences, then the choice is an easy one. Want to get to Win-Win? The choice too is an easy one. Mediate don’t litigate.

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