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White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has made accusations that former President Obama used GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) British spies to spy on President Trump. The article published by The Washington Post goes into specific detail of the accusation and information that supports that the accusation is wrong.
Class discussion about deception helps decipher how it is unethical. The deception in this situation is that if Sean Spicer knew that the information he was claiming was wrong when he made the claim, Spicer lied as well as whom he had heard it from. If Spicer did not know that the information was false, he would have been under the impression that he was telling the truth by making these claims. If he knew and believed that the accusations were incorrect and had the intention of spreading the lie to the public, he was morally and ethically wrong.
If Spicer did believe that the claims were correct, he made the mistake of simply trusting sources and blurting it into the public’s ear. The statement first came out when Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox News claiming that three intelligence sources told Fox News about what President Obama ‘had done’. Unfortunately for Spicer either way, additional information supports that the accusations were false.