Select all that apply Which of the following are true about discussing the short-term effects of bad news? (Choose every correct answer.) Multiple select question. It is important to discuss what the bad news means to recipients, instead of minimizing it. Skipping a discussion of the negative impact on the recipients will make them see you as detached from their needs. Focusing on the “silver lining” of the situation is a sure way to help the person feel more optimistic. It is best to avoid discussing the negative consequences, because it is unpleasant and may anger recipients.