If It Weren't Such An Honor ...
Three Washington politicians receive annual 'Doublespeak' award
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Nov. 25) -- Three Washington politicians -- President Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- have won this year's Doublespeak Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
The teachers' group chided the three men for using deceptive language to describe this year's balanced-budget agreement, which the group contends will actually increase the federal deficit by cutting taxes and boosting spending.
After the budget agreement, all three men were effusive in their praise for it. Clinton said the agreement "put America's fiscal house in order again." Lott congratulated Democrats for rising above partisanship, and Gingrich declared it "a great victory for all Americans."
Since 1974, the Champaign, Ill.-based council has given its Doublespeak Award to public figures who the group claims have used deceptive, evasive, or deliberately ambiguous language. The council also publishes a "Quarterly Review of Doublespeak."
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