What You Say When You Want To Tactfully Disagree With A Journalist
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.
Whatyousay.com is continually searching for skillful ways to disagree when someone makes a statement that you don’t accept. We’ve found that comments by experienced politicians are a rich source of material.
It usually doesn’t take a lot of effort to adapt their comments to a situation of your own, using what they way as a template.
The comment below comes from an article about the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy with Philip Gourevitch in the New Yorker, December 12, 2011.
When Sarkozy was asked about an observation made by Marine Le Pen, a French nationalist politician, Gourevitch described Sarkozy’s response: “…He would not be drawn into the trap, saying only ‘That’s not at all our analysis.’”
And there it is. Simple and concise, and something that you can use:
“That’s not at all our (or my) analysis.”
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