Microsoft to Buy Bungie? When is a Denial Not Really a Denial? (VL314)

Is Bungie in talks to sell out to Microsoft? Have such talks *ever* happened? Imran Khan of Kinda Funny, Jeff Grubb of GamesBeat, and Tom Phillips of Eurogamer sure think so. But why then did the CEO of Bungie, Pete Parsons, deliver a flat denial on Twitter stating in no uncertain terms that “This is False”?

Well like most things in corporate messaging, there’s more here than initially meets the eye.

When is a denial not a denial? When it categorically denies a multi-conditional paraphrase of a rumor speculated on in a casual podcast by two separate people.

CEOs don’t wear halos, but their destiny *is* to parse language…in Virtual Legality.

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