A posting by Robert L. Borosage in the Huffington Post accuses Republican Candidate Mitt Romney of “obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies.” A review of the meaning of those words should be very instructive:
- Obfuscation: literally, “to darken.” It is a word that means that a person makes an intentional act to muddy the waters, to turn out the lights, to deceive by hiding the truth. The main point of obfuscation is that it is intentional. It is not an accidental covering of the facts; the speaker is determined to confuse the listener in order to deceive.
- Misdirection: to give guidance or instruction which is incorrect. The implication of misdirection is, again, intentional for the purpose of sending someone the wrong way. It’s like stopping at a convenience store to get directions, only to be told by the clerk, who hasn’t a clue, the wrong information just to get you off (his) back.
- Straight-up lies are instructions that are intentionally designed to mislead the listener in order to avoid facts that undermine or deny the speaker’s truths.
Sound familiar? Just apply the above to what you have seen or failed to see from Open Source Matters, Inc. trustees.