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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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I know you are only reporting the truth, and I certainly do not believe in shooting the messenger. But it's high time those of us who truly do love liberty had some truly good news to celebrate.
But this town has always been about shooting the messenger."
"There is a very important doctrine called contributory infringement under copyright law," IFPI chair Jason Berman told Reuters, "and given the nature of the process that Lycos has embodied with the FAST Search and Transfer, it takes this to a totally different level." Espen Brodin, the managing director of FAST, said the lawyers are "shooting the messenger".
Mischief," Bob Herbert defended the CDC's "rigorous, unbiased, scientific studies," suggesting that critics could not refute the results of the research and therefore had decided "to pull the plug on the funding and stop the effort altogether." Editorials offering the same interpretation appeared in The Washington Post ("NRA: Afraid of Facts"), USA Today ("Gun Lobby Keeps Rolling"), the Los Angeles Times ("NRA Aims at the Messenger"), The Atlanta Journal ("GOP Tries to Shoot the Messenger"), the Sacramento Bee ("Shooting the Messenger"), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ("The Gun Epidemic").
The Pars boss may have felt like shooting the messenger but can you blame him?
Talk about shooting the messenger. And given the antics that the media indulge in when it comes to political coverage, is a clever sting operation the greatest threat to democracy in America today?
"This is an irrelevant 'shooting the messenger' tactic.
mobile For news/sport/life text ECHO to 67800 But he added: "There is no point in shooting the messenger, this is an order from the coalition gover nment.
In other words, he's shooting the messenger and not the Labour culprits in London.
I 've heard of shooting the messenger - but not the pilot!