Book Reviews of All the President's Spin : George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth

All the President's Spin : George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth
All the President's Spin George W Bush the Media and the Truth
Author: Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer, Brendan Nyhan
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ISBN-13: 9780743262514
ISBN-10: 0743262514
Publication Date: 8/3/2004
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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Frightening, little known truths about this man we call, "President". You will shake your head in disgust.
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Shows that his low popularity rating is no fluke.
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George W. Bush vowed to restore "honor and integrity" to the White House during his 2000 presidential campaign, but instead he has launched an "assault on honesty," argue the authors, who founded the watchdog Web site Spinsanity.com after concluding during the 2000 election that the "national debate had been reduced to an endless barrage of spin." In this lucid critique of Bush's "permanent campaign of policy disinformation," the authors evenhandedly point out instances when other politicians, including Kerry, Clinton and Reagan, have distorted the truth to their advantage, but they contend that Bush is the "current leader of the arms race of deception." Bush's weapons: "emotional language designed to provoke gut-level reactions, slanted statistics that are difficult for casual listeners to interpret, and ambiguous statements that imply what Bush does not want to state outright." The authors support their claims with many solid examples. For instance, when commenting on the method that Bush used to imply a connection between Saddam and September 11, they point to a televised address that aired prior to the war in which Bush linked Iraq, al Qaeda and September 11 without saying directly that Iraq was responsible for the attack. The book isn't just a critique of Bush's spin tactics, however. The authors also reproach the media for letting statements like this go unchecked and for being so overly concerned about objectivity that they've become a mere outlet for politicians' "talking points." Well organized and heavily referenced, this passionate indictment will pique readers' awareness of political spin and of the outletsâbloggers, publications like the Economist and "infotainment" programs like Comedy Central's The Daily Showâthat are purportedly fighting it.