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Daily KOS reports that USA Today is calling Dean a liar. Excerpt:
A pregnant 12-year-old came to his medical office. ''After I had talked to her for a while, I came to the conclusion that the likely father of her child was her own father,'' he told his riveted audience. ''You explain that to the American people who think that parental notification is a good idea.''

What Dean didn't say was that he knew the father was not responsible; someone else was convicted. He defended his account in an interview with USA TODAY: "The point of the story was that I suspected it was her father and (notification) clearly would have been a very serious problem."

We get a new verifiable lie every day from the Bush administration, but Dean is supposed to footnote stump speeches to NARAL. What Dean said is the absolute truth (note he used the words likely and I came to the conclusion to indicate that it was his belief, not a proven fact). If he we're telling the story in an interview he'd certainly provide the follow-up information, because he'd get to make the point again (that parental notification is wrong and he's been in situations that prove it). Suspicion of rape or incest should be enough to warrant not informing a suspected rapist that his daughter is pregnant, even if it is proven otherwise later.

Joanne Ciulla, an ethics professor, is quoted in the article as saying that he gave the appearance of lying. I suspect that USA Today truncated her quote, so I wrote her for a longer explanation.

Update: Joanne Ciulla responds:
What I told USA Today was that Mr. Dean did not lie, but he gave the appearance of lying because he didn’t tell the whole story. When the public finds out that a politician hasn’t told the whole story, they may wonder if he is hiding something. Nonetheless, this is not a case of lying because the story Dean told was true. It illustrated his point, which was not that the child had been the victim of incest, but that given the evidence in the case, he thought the child might be. Some listeners may have drawn the inference that the child was an incest victim, but from the quote we have no evidence that that was Mr. Dean’s intent. I also told the reporter that I didn’t think the charge of lying was fair or a very newsworthy item, but that it might help Mr. Dean be more careful, given the ethical minefields that a candidate faces.

Ironically, USA Today also gave the appearance of lying by not telling the whole story. Sheesh!
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