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MESSENGER. A person appointed to perform certain duties, generally of a ministerial character.
     2. In England, a messenger appointed under the bankrupt laws, is an officer who is authorized to execute the lawful commands of commissioners of bankrupts.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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New show Don't Shoot the Messenger! is a celebration of the postal service and is described as a "homage, an elegy, a love letter...
Don't Shoot The Messenger sees an unsuspecting gunman get more than he bargains for when he holds up a sleepy village post office.
While I would not for a moment wish to curtail free speech, it seems that the "usual suspects", who do not like the message, are trying to shoot the messenger.
Haight must have known his writings would trigger a Vatican "shoot the messenger" response.
Linsmeier said that bad loans, not accounting, were the problem and that we should not "shoot the messenger." While bad loans were clearly the business problem, Linsmeier has overlooked the fact that accounting for them as though they were good loans was indeed a significant part of the problem.
But he added: "If ever there was a case of 'don't shoot the messenger', this is surely it."
OUR message to senior midwives who hit back today at a union report that criticised the conditions and care at Wales' biggest maternity unit is - don't shoot the messenger.
Annaud's reaction last week was to shoot the messenger, blaming Gallic crix for the thorough pan they gave his first French-language film in more than a decade.
That's right, shoot the messenger and carry on carping.
Don't shoot the messenger, but I wouldn't reach for the remote if you're searching for some sporting solace this Christmas.
5 Shoot the Messenger (Ngozi Onwurah) The collaboration of three black, British talents--director Onwurah, writer Sharon Foster, and actor David Oyelowo--pays off in a fearless, flamboyantly theatrical social satire about black identity and self-hatred.
Well, obviously it's a sore point for the allotment holders if they believe that to be a misrepresentation of the facts, but that doesn't give them the right to shoot the messenger because they don't like the message.