Is there a word that means "ignoring/dismissing a fact for disingenuous reasons"? Let's say a North Korean analyst wouldn't admit to the fact that the elections in North Korea aren't transparent in an argument with an American analyst, because he wants to maintain North Korea's narrative. Is there a word that describes the North Korean analyst's action?
Consider saying that he “conveniently ignores” the truth, or that he “turns a blind eye to it”.
There’s also the idiom “elephant in the room”, referring to some huge matter which nobody wants to talk about. This most commonly comes up when a group is discussing a subject, and nobody wants to talk about one aspect because they all know it’s unresolvable. It would not be used for something which one party is actively denying.