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What Do You Say?
The Dan Rather Rule for answering reporters.

The Dan Rather Rule, presumably coined by CBS veteran news anchor Dan Rather, says there are only three legitimate responses to a reporter's question:

1) "Yes, I know the answer, and here it is." 

2) "No, I don't know the answer, but I'll try to find out." 

3) "Yes, I do know the answer, but I can't tell you."

And then there's a response once given me by a Russian spokesman:

4) "Yes, I could answer that, but then I'd have to kill you."

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