disingenuous :

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  • a  not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
    an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine
    a disingenuous excuse

  • Acknowledging how disingenuous that would have been, and how craven, Obama instead pulled Wright back and re-owned him, saying, "As imperfect as he may be, he has been like .
  • As Stockman noted 20 years ago, phony accounting and disingenuous prognostication are not illegal when you are running the government.
  • He even seemed to suggest that it's a bit disingenuous for a political candidate to feel compelled to choose a congregation based on a political, rather than purely spiritual .
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  • Robert Gates in Wall Street Journal
    Any speculation in the region about the United States losing interest in Asia strikes me as either preposterous, or disingenuous, or both,Mr. Gates said, noting that he had served under seven US presidents.
  • Frances Fragos Townsend in 940 News
    Fran Townsend, former head of the White House-based counterterrorism office, told CNN that "for him to do this now strikes me as self-serving, disingenuous and unprofessional."
  • George Tenet in USA Today
    I was a talking point - 'Look at the idiot (who) told us to go to war.' Well, let's not be so disingenuous,Tenet says.

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