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April 6, 2012
The once venerable and respected NBC was exposed by Fox News to have edited the tape of the telephone call between George Zimmerman and the police by eliminating pertinent portions of the conversation to make it appear that the unfortunate killing was race-based ("NBC: 'We deeply regret' edits on Sanford 911 call," April 4). Then to add insult to injury, NBC, in its apology, called this deliberate act calculated to deceive and mislead its viewers "an error. " Where is the outrage from the liberal establishment over this perversion of honest reporting of the news?
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When the Democrats running for governor met for their second three-way television debate Monday night, charges and countercharges flew - along with allegations of distortion, deception and half-truths. Doug Gansler was especially aggressive, pointing to votes Anthony Brown cast in the General Assembly more than a decade ago to make the case that Brown lacks sympathy for crime victims. Heather Mizeur avoided finger-pointing, but was the target of one of Gansler's more easily debunked - and likely intentionally sarcastic - claims.
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NEWS
February 5, 2003
LIES, FIBBING, deception. That's what The Sun has discovered in probing the performance of the city's much-touted 311 telephone system. More than half of the test complaints about garbage, graffiti and malfunctioning street lights went unresolved. Worse yet, in numerous instances, workers claimed to have fixed the reported problems when, in truth, nothing was done. Mayor Martin O'Malley needs to crack the whip and weed out these lying ne'er-do-wells who are sabotaging the 311 telephone system.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
After reading Dan Rodricks ' column ( "Obamacare, Obama , GOP take a tumble," Nov. 5), I was surprised that he took off his liberal polarized glasses and finally has realized what many of us moderate Democrats have long known. And that is that we have a deceptive and incompetent president and administration. But what Mr. Rodricks failed to indicate was that the deception over President Barack Obama's statements that "you can keep your health insurance if you like it" was accepted by Maryland's senators and Democratic representatives like Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer and the rest of the bunch, so they are just as guilty because they bought into the deception.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
Being deceptive can be costly - particularly if you're a wasp. Researchers at the University of Arizona caught female paper wasps, matched them by size and videotaped them as they fought inside plastic dishes - staring each other down, grappling, running at one another and trying to bite and climb on one another. They noticed that wasps with tiny black spots on their faces tended to be more dominating. But when they painted tiny black spots on some of the less dominant wasps, the impostors were beaten up more often than before.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | April 25, 2008
That underrated actor Ewan McGregor recently did something even Liam Neeson couldn't do: Triumph in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. But when it comes to slick New York City genre movies, he's a jinx. He helped sink the witless Manhattan sex farce Down With Love (2003), and he couldn't inject life into the psychiatric trick mystery Stay. He does even worse in the new Gothic-Gotham suspense film Deception. This awful, glossy hybrid of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Eyes Wide Shut serves up McGregor as a shy high-powered accountant, crudely banged and boringly bespectacled despite his expensive tailoring.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 17, 1993
"Deception," which opens today at Westview Cinemas, is such a drab title that surely we here in this department can do better. Why not call it "Dead Men Don't Write Checks," for it's about a seemingly dead man who writes some checks.Or what about "Andie's World Cruise Vacation," for that's what it's really about: former model and current quasi-actress Andie McDowell going to exotic places, posing fetchingly against a backdrop of Third World poverty and despair. It's sort of like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue without the swimsuits.
NEWS
By Walter Williams | July 22, 2003
DID PRESIDENT Bush lie to the American people in his State of the Union address when he said: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa"? Technically, no. Why? Because "the statement that he made was indeed accurate," said National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on July 13. "The British government did say that." Ms. Rice speaks the literal truth, just as her boss does, to distort what is meaningful. Outright lying is not the administration's modus operandi; willful deception is. Like the bank robber who leaves a distinctive mark at the scene of the crime, Mr. Bush's statement on Iraq shows his telltale MO. Moreover, duping the nation into war is only one case of the pattern of calculated deception that has gone on since the outset of his administration.
NEWS
November 24, 1996
LITTLE BY LITTLE the facts get bigger and bigger about the Democratic National Committee's open pockets for illicit and unethical campaign contributions. Little by little, President Clinton and his White House handlers fess up that their meetings with big donors with big Asian connections were more than just drop-by social chats.As the evidence mounts, the president assumes the pose of injured innocence he has used to explain his tangled affairs in what is known as Whitewater. He has even compared his plight with that of Richard Jewell, who was targeted and then exonerated in the Atlanta Olympics bombing.
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By Bob Strauss and Bob Strauss,Los Angeles Daily News | December 1, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- While making movies about the controversial subject of interracial romance is all the rage these days, marketing them is another matter.However sensitively or honestly a particular film may handle the issue, trying to sell it with a minute-long TV ad or single-image poster involves serious reductionism.Marketers run the dual risks of alienating customers who are uncomfortable with the concept and offending more open-minded viewers by trivializing the matter.While theatrical trailers and television commercials can't hide the colors of actors' skins, posters, newspaper ads and billboards enjoy a much wider range of graphic gambits.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | November 4, 2013
The more I hear from our beleaguered Explainer-in-Chief, his apologists and the strident opponents of Obamacare on the far right — pretty much the whole lot of American noisemakers these days — the more I sense the bottom approaching again. Look at where we are. In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week, seven out of 10 Americans said they believe the nation is "on the wrong track. " Sixty-three percent considered the U.S. to be "in a state of decline. " And for the first time in the 25-year history of that poll, the public's negative rating of Republican leadership topped 50 percent; it was at 53 percent last week, with an approval rating of only 22 points.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
A recent afternoon was windowpane-clear, the sun bright and direct. The environment could not have seemed less conducive for communing with the spirit world. And yet, Jeff and Tessa Evason walked up and down a stretch of Annapolis waterfront known as Ego Alley, telling strangers intimate details of their lives that it was seemingly impossible for the couple to have known in advance. The Evasons, who describe themselves on their website as "a mind-reading duo," wished a visibly startled Christine Mae Jones of Hebron a happy 47th birthday as she ate lunch with her husband at a sidewalk café.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | September 25, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission brought its first case against a California debt collector that allegedly sent text messages to consumers. Nothing wrong with that, but the debt collector didn't let on that it was debt collector, the agency said. Additionally, the debt collector pretended it was a law firm, and threatened to sue consumers for unpaid debts or to garnish their wages, the FTC said. The agency charged that Archie Donovan and his two companies, National Attorney Collection Services and National Attorney Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act, illegally revealing debts to the consumers' relatives and co-workers.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement with two auto dealers in Ohio and Maryland, including Timonium Chrysler Inc. of Cockeysville, over charges of deceptive ads on the cost of vehicles or available discounts. The agency said that the Cockeysville dealer, which does business under the name of Don White's Timonium Jeep Chrysler Dodge, promoted discounts and "Internet prices," but allegedly failed to tell consumers that they needed to qualify for rebates generally not available to them.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
Your recent editorial spoke about a new "truth-in-advertising" law requiring pregnancy centers to post signage regarding a specific service they will not provide, namely abortion ("Signs of abortion rights," July 11). When was the last time you promoted your business by stating the services you will not provide? Ironically, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, is not required to explicitly state that it provides abortion services. Its name implies that it helps people become parents, but its practice is to prevent parenthood, either through contraception or through abortion.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | January 10, 2013
The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is warning that Commerce Energy representatives are using "strong-arm tactics" when going door-to-door selling residential electric services in some neighborhoods. "According to complaints, sales representatives visit the same house repeatedly even after being asked to leave, not solicit, not come back or even when told the resident is ill," the BBB said Thursday in a release. The group suggests consumers screen solicitors at their front doors.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 13, 1998
WASHINGTON -- In the early days of World War II, a wily and ambitious Texas congressman concocted a sure-fire way to go far in politics: Create a heroic record of combat.So Lyndon B. Johnson, a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, got himself assigned to be a presidential observer in the South Pacific. Johnson was a passenger on a B-26 which briefly came under fire from a Japanese Zero fighter before landing safely at its base. He had been in action for 13 minutes before he headed home on the next plane.
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By Edward M. Eveld and Edward M. Eveld,Knight Ridder/Tribune | April 4, 1999
Is it OK to tell kids that their dead dog is up in heaven, prancing around in its puppy body? That their belly-up goldfish are just sleeping? That the medicine they have to take is making bad germs fly right out their ears?Deception is a well-practiced, time- tested device for rearing children. Yet it's also suspect and often frowned upon, even though many of the tales seem harmless enough.A magnificent deception -- from father to son -- is at the root of one of the season's most acclaimed movies, "Life Is Beautiful," which was honored as Best Foreign Film at this year's Academy Awards.
NEWS
By Lynn R. Goldman and Michael J. Klag | January 7, 2013
The news that the Central Intelligence Agency had been running a fake vaccination program in Pakistan first surfaced in 2011 and quickly ignited fears that the covert operation could compromise the global campaign to eradicate polio. Late last month, a handful of vaccine workers, including a teenage girl, paid the price for the CIA's deceit: They were gunned down as they tried to give the polio vaccine to children living in the Pakistani city of Karachi and other areas. No one has taken responsibility for the attacks, although the Pakistani Taliban has threatened vaccine workers in the past.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Two customers of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain, accusing the retailer of using deceptive marketing by claiming merchandise is on sale when it is actually being offered at regular price. James Waldron and Matthew Villani filed the complaint April 5 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, seeking a jury trial. The plaintiffs filed on behalf of themselves and others who bought Jos. Bank merchandise from April 5, 2006, to the present.
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