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kill the messenger


: In a shoot-the-messenger diversionary tactic, the spotlight swung away from Clarence Thomas and smack onto Totenberg

verb phrase

To punish the bearer of bad news: Dreyfus is right. Let's not make the mistake of killing the messenger (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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