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So you said …

As concise as soundbites need to be, when they condemn you they are better left unsaid. Case in point …

“All the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time,” the chief executive of the company, Daniel Ek, posted on his blog. Taylor Swift couldn’t have said it better when she pulled her entire catalog from the freemium streaming outlet.

Taylor Swift pushes Spotify out sight

Taylor Swift pushes Spotify out of sight

She did say, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” Ms. Swift told Yahoo in an interview.

And CEO’s like Mr. Ek are not alone in making soundbite slips. U.S. presidents and hopefuls have done it for decades. President Nixon’s soundbite, “I am not a crook,” in the Watergate scandal long outlived his presidency. “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” became a Democratic battle cry in Dan Quayle’s bid for the White House. And Year 2000 presidential hopeful Al Gore announced on CNN that “during my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

See more infamous soundbite slips in another part of our site, Media Mistakes