This is called intellectual dishonesty. Wikipedia provides this definition:
Intellectual dishonesty is dishonesty in performing intellectual activities like thought or communication. Examples are:
- the advocacy of a position which the advocate knows or believes to be false or misleading
- the advocacy of a position which the advocate does not know to be true, and has not performed rigorous due diligence to ensure the truthfulness of the position
- the conscious omission of aspects of the truth known or believed to be relevant in the particular context.
The terms intellectually dishonest and intellectual dishonesty are often used as rhetorical devices in a debate; the label invariably frames an opponent in a negative light.
The phrase is also frequently used by orators when a debate foe or audience reaches a conclusion varying from the speaker's on a given subject. This appears mostly in debates or discussions of speculative, non-scientific issues, such as morality or policy.
"It means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us," First Lady Michelle Obama said.
This is not language that is clear to many Americans. And it likely bothers them greatly that she would choose to read that in the same sentence of the teleprompter as discussing prayer circles. Even people that don't consider themselves to be "religous" were probably mildly uncomfortable, at least.
However, it makes perfect sense when you consider the intellectual dishonesty that is being displayed. The people in the room applauded because they wanted to believe whatever she had to say. But the American people aren't nearly as foolish and gullible as the elite left believes them to be.
A crucial element of the groundswirl that is happening in America today is the demand for intellectually honesty. The future of our country is depending on it. And I will be here to hold our government officials, elected or otherwise, to account.