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The Doublespeak Award
American business man, television producer and politician. Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election
Numerous organizations, from news media outlets to public interest groups, have documented the plethora of statements attributed to Donald Trump in his pursuit of the presidency of the United States. Trump repeatedly fails to communicate how the greater community would benefit from his proposals and instead often tends toward obfuscation and inconsistency. Many times he has made a statement one day and denied it in following days. Trump has the unique gift of capitalizing on what he labels the dishonesty of his opponent, all while spinning unsubstantiated claims of his own. In literary terms, Donald Trump might be viewed as an inconsistent or otherwise unreliable narrator. In rhetorical terms, he frequently honors pathos before logos, often speaking without substance and placing feelings above rationality. One committee member wrote, “I don’t think we’ve ever had a better example of the Doublespeak Award,” and the five committee members unanimously voted Donald Trump as the champion of the dubious Doublespeak honor.
The NCTE Doublespeak Award, established in 1974 and given by the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered.
Nominations for the Award
The NCTE Public Language Award Committee is now seeking nominations for this year’s Doublespeak Award, which is given to a glaring example of deceptive language by a public spokesperson. The words must originate from an American. The committee needs a one-page description of the context in which the statement occurred and a copy of the print media source in which the quote appeared (with date). In the case of broadcast media, list the program, time, place, and date.
The nominations deadline is September 15, 2017.
Eligible nominations are those appearing or published between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
Nominations are also sought for the Orwell Award, which honors an author, editor, or producer of a print or nonprint work that contributes to honesty and clarity in public language.
Send nominations to the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, c/o Linda Walters-Moore, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; fax: 217-328-0977.
Click here to see a list of recipients.