Spin This!

Spin This!

All the Ways We Don't Tell the Truth

Book - 2001
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We're all familiar with the warning, "Don't believe everything you see or hear." Bill Press, the popular co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," will have you wondering whether you should believe anything at all.

"Spin" -- intentional manipulation of the truth -- is everywhere. It's in the White House, in the courtrooms, in headlines and advertising slogans. Even couples on dates -- not to mention book jackets -- are guilty of spin. Now, analyst Bill Press freeze-frames the culture of spin to investigate what exactly spin is, who does it and why, and its impact on American society as a whole.

Depending upon who is doing it, spinning can mean anything from portraying a difficult situation in the best possible light to completely disregarding the facts with the intent of averting embarrassment or scandal. Using examples drawn from recent history -- the Clinton presidency, the Florida recount, and the Bush White House -- Press first probes spin's favorite haunt: politics. In addition to surveying the incarnations of spin in the fields of journalism, law, and advertising, Press also chews on the spin of sex and "dating," a word that has be

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780743442671
0743442679
Characteristics: xxvi, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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