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Guest Commentary: Pitching an expedient white lie can create lasting skepticism

Anyone who has heard the tale of George Washington and his cherry tree knows well the damage dishonest acts inflict on credibility. As Roger Clemens may someday attest (or not), damage to credibility may not be the only risk in forsaking the truth. Instead, brazenly believing you can deceive an adversary may create a long-lasting detractor whose antipathy outweighs any lost credibility.

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