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Jobs Report ‘Truthers,’ Romney Cheating Allegations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney apologizing to nearly half of America, Justice Scalia weighing in on abortion and gay rights, and the horrendous thing Rick Santorum wants to do to Big Bird.

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Let’s Not Spin the Civil War

The Civil War is about to loom very large in the popular memory. We would do well to be candid about its causes and not allow the distortions of contemporary politics or long-standing myths to cloud our understanding of why the nation fell apart.

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Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

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AP / Susan Walsh

Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

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Get Ready for the GOP’s New Talking Points

Certain vigilant operatives from the blogosphere have caught wind of some key words and phrases that we might soon be hearing on Fox News, as Republican pollster and memo composer Frank Luntz has let fly with his latest manifesto on how to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill to the GOP’s advantage.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Pentagon Propaganda Is Booming

The military’s spin budget—covering recruitment, advertising and public relations—has jumped 63 percent over the last five years, to $4.7 billion, according to a yearlong investigation by the Associated Press. The Pentagon pays nearly as many people to influence public opinion as the State Department has in its entire work force.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 READ MORE


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CNN’s Sanchez Shuts Down McCain Spokesman

My goodness, those CNN anchors are getting feisty in these final days of the election season! Take Rick Sanchez here, who doesn’t give McCain aide Michael Goldfarb an inch when it comes to his claims about Obama’s alleged anti-Semite acquaintances.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Software Scans for Spin in Speeches

Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


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The Real Operation to ‘Rescue’ Ingrid Betancourt

The July 2nd rescue of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and U.S. mercenaries employed by the Northrop Grumman Corp. was heralded as a dramatic victory over the anti-imperial FARC guerrilla forces in Colombia. The real story may be significantly less daring. The mainstream media’s heroic rescue narrative is being contradicted by claims that a $20-million ransom payment was made.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Petraeus and Crocker Report to Congress

Why bother with transcripts when you can watch Bush’s top Iraq officials spin the “surge” in living color? Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have their Iraq assessments ready, for your viewing pleasure.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


You Say Chaos, I Say Accountability

The GOP spin machine is revving up with the news of Alberto Gonzales’ departure. Some Republicans are suggesting that tracking down wrongdoing in Gonzales’ Justice Department would bring not peace but extreme disruption. In other words: Can’t we all be buddies and forget these trivialities?

 

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


He Works Hard for the Money

The innovator of the Snow job says he’ll be leaving the White House before George W. Bush, but it won’t be for health reasons: “I’ve told people when my money runs out, then I’ve got to go.” Press secretary Tony Snow’s spintastic rhetorical flair will surely be missed by a president always in need of damage control and a blogosphere that has grown attached to those “did he just say that?” moments.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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War Made Easy

Check out the trailer for “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,” the chilling outcome of acclaimed author and columnist Norman Solomon’s collaboration with the Media Education Foundation. (Above, Bill O’Reilly, one of those in the movie.) The documentary is based on Solomon’s book of the same name and uses archival footage to map the rhetoric of war since the 1960s.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


The Elephant in the Room

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The Real Cause of Global Warming

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House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Experts Go on Strike—Could Last Months, Non-Experts Say

Satirist Andy Borowitz pokes fun at the media’s reliance on the know-it-alls who often shape our opinions.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Blame the Media

Watch video clips of reporters who refuse to accept White House spin that the media is to blame in Iraq: CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and NBC’s Richard Engel

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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