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Sometimes the Truth Does Not Set You Free, but You Do Sleep Well

Posted By Chris O'Neil, Thursday, April 30, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

I was invited to contribute to The Crisis Communicator blog as the response community marked the passing of 10 years since the fatal Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill disaster. 

Rather than focus on the strategic or tactical aspects of communication conducted in support of the response to the tragic accident, I opted to focus on how ethics-based decisions, ethical behavior and ethics-based communication helped me navigate the highly politicized information environment.

One of the benefits of membership in NAGC is the foundation in ethical government communications our Code of Ethics provides. By joining the association, you affirm your commitment to ethical government communications as you adhere to our code and use it as a true north in your decision making and practice of the profession. Much has changed in the decade since the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill, but the need for ethical government communication remains constant and there’s no better time than now to become a member, renew your membership or return to the association if you let your membership lapse.  

My blog post “Sometimes the Truth Does Not Set You Free, but You Do Sleep Well” can be read at


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