Talk:Cover-up

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The link on Legend that led me to this article had this definition: "Legend (espionage), a cover story used in espionage detailing a fictitious identity" -- which appears nowhere in the actual article. Please remedy this and be vigilant that the article is not being steered, one way or another.

Thanks, -Bonnie Eng. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.10.186.116 (talk) 04:09, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Satire[edit]

The link to the site about the sinking of the Titanic is an obvious piece of satire, written by the notorious Maddox, a well-known satirist.

As such, I'll remove the link. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.187.86.137 (talk) 16:53, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Snowjob[edit]

Being bold and merging Snowjob to here; I think its uncontroversial because its a synonym stub. It does list a few more scandals however. Content was:

"Snowjob" is an American colloquialism for a lie or a cover-up.

Examples[edit]

See also[edit]

Bazzargh (talk) 09:53, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Citations needed[edit]

I put some citations, where called for. Some were easy to get such as John F. Kennedy assassination cover-up and conspiracy theories, and some were surprisingly difficult, such as Plame affair, mostly due to link rot. Anyway if there are questions let me know on my talk pay please.--Adam in MO Talk 06:26, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Lead too long[edit]

The article was tagged lead (lede or abstract) too long; the article started off with the first section of the article and there was no lead. I seperated a lead paragraph from first section of article using the related Whitewash (censorship) article as a model and noted how cover-up and whitewash differ; removed lead too long tag. Naaman Brown (talk) 10:21, 9 June 2010 (UTC)


Legend (espionage) redirection[edit]

The redirection to this page from Legend (espionage) is wrong. A Legend in espionage has little connection with the rest of this topic. An Legend is a fake identity used by a spy to pass themselves. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.72.194.178 (talk) 22:44, 11 December 2010 (UTC) ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BARRYWBALES (talkcontribs) 08:33, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

...or is it SNOW job?[edit]

I'm thinking this term may have it's origins from WWII espionage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Owens — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.116.53.117 (talk) 19:07, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

I do not think "snow job" is synonymous with "cover up". It is actually the exact opposite. A cover-up is an attempt to conceal information. A snow job is a negotiation tactic whereby one party attempts to overwhelm the other party with a deluge of information. This can be used for intimidation or to exhaust the other party's resources. It is considered a hardball tactic by professional negotiators. My source is "Essentials of Negotiation" by Lewicki, Saunders, and Barry. Richard,alfred.swartz (talk) 14:55, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Not a cover-up, not a snow job, what is this?[edit]

Watt released papers in the 1930s claiming that he was grateful for the Air Ministry's help finding a suitable site for his ionosphere research. This was of course the first chain home radar site being set up. I always called this a "cover story", but that page is a disambig that points here, which is not correct. So what is? Maury Markowitz (talk) 10:49, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Cover story isn't redirected here. It is a dab page that offers two options, including the following:
  • a story in a magazine or newspaper whose subject matter appears on its front cover
Dolphin (t) 23:08, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards[edit]

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