unvarnished truth

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He has stated such matters just as they occurred, and leaves every one to form his own opinion concerning them; trusting that his anxious desire to speak the unvarnished truth will gain for him the confidence of his readers.
That's the story of my life," growls Tonya in the film's closing moments, promising us that she has told us the unvarnished truth.
TODAY we give you the unvarnished truth about life on the NHS frontline from a hospital doctor who doesn't pull punches.
Don Kahle's opinion piece about his visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture highlighted the need for "more speech" and "the unvarnished truth," regarding the history of the confederacy and the abomination that was slavery ("African- American history's 'unvarnished truth,'" Sept 15).
It might not hurt the person at whom it is directed, but it certainly has the power to hurt the conveyer of the unvarnished truth.
He took his camera and what little funds he had and set out to tell the raw, unvarnished truth about combat and its effects on young men- some of whom are so overwhelmed with emotion that they find themselves confessing things they have never had the opportunity to speak of before.
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (15) COLD, unvarnished truth rarely darkens the doorstep of modern politics.
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (15) Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Scoot McNairy, Ann Dowd, Zoe Kazan, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella Director: David Gordon Green Duration: 107 mins COLD, unvarnished truth rarely darkens the doorstep of modern politics.
He said the Inquirer EIC brought honor to Philippine journalism by her insistence on the unvarnished truth, her insistence on fairness in reportage, and her zeal for justice.
They want a candidate without re-packaging who will tell them the unvarnished truth.
In other words, the doctrines, claims, and practices of religious traditions are at best heuristic devices that attempt, but fail, to express sufficiently the unvarnished truth of divine transcendence.
The unvarnished truth is our birthright, but we don't hear it often enough in politics.