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All the President's Spin, the first book from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan website Spinsanity, unmasks the tactics of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to sell his agenda to the American people. From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and s All the President's Spin, the first book from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan website Spinsanity, unmasks the tactics of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to sell his agenda to the American people. From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and strategically ambiguous language to twist and distort the facts. Fritz, Keefer, and Nyhan's powerful critique of Bush's record of policy deception explains why the media has failed to hold him accountable and demonstrates the threat these tactics pose to honest political debate. This is the essential book for every citizen who wants to understand how George W. Bush has misled the nation and why, if left unchallenged, all the President's spin could soon become standard practice -- a devastating development for our democracy.


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All the President's Spin, the first book from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan website Spinsanity, unmasks the tactics of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to sell his agenda to the American people. From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and s All the President's Spin, the first book from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan website Spinsanity, unmasks the tactics of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to sell his agenda to the American people. From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and strategically ambiguous language to twist and distort the facts. Fritz, Keefer, and Nyhan's powerful critique of Bush's record of policy deception explains why the media has failed to hold him accountable and demonstrates the threat these tactics pose to honest political debate. This is the essential book for every citizen who wants to understand how George W. Bush has misled the nation and why, if left unchallenged, all the President's spin could soon become standard practice -- a devastating development for our democracy.

30 review for All the President's Spin: George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reginald

    From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and strategically ambiguous language to twist and distort the facts. Fritz, Keefer, and Nyhan's powerful critique of Bush's record of policy deception explains why the media has failed to hold him accountable and demonstrates the threat these tactics pose to honest political debate. From his campaigns for tax cuts to the debate over war in Iraq, President Bush has employed an unprecedented onslaught of half-truths and strategically ambiguous language to twist and distort the facts. Fritz, Keefer, and Nyhan's powerful critique of Bush's record of policy deception explains why the media has failed to hold him accountable and demonstrates the threat these tactics pose to honest political debate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Lucy

    Fritz and co. focus the book on the misleading spin perpetrated by President George W. Bush, arguing that the spin tactics of Bush and his administration have dreadful consequences for the country's awareness of political happenings and, therefore, the country's future in general. Really, though, the book should be focused on the lackluster coverage of journalists nation-wide. Often the authors mention the cowardice or plain poor performance of journalists to do any real research that might conf Fritz and co. focus the book on the misleading spin perpetrated by President George W. Bush, arguing that the spin tactics of Bush and his administration have dreadful consequences for the country's awareness of political happenings and, therefore, the country's future in general. Really, though, the book should be focused on the lackluster coverage of journalists nation-wide. Often the authors mention the cowardice or plain poor performance of journalists to do any real research that might confirm or contradict statements put forth by the Bush administration. Any half-thinking reader should be able to figure out the real problem with misconstruing the truth at the highest levels could not go on for very long if journalists did their job and informed the people of, indeed, the truth, rather than merely informing the people of what political figureheads claim. Of course, this book points out how difficult a journalist's job can be when the President of the United States refuses to ever deal straight, but the much more scary trend is not the President's campaign strategy but the journalists refusal to do any fact-reporting. Simple claim-reporting can't do anything much. So, because Fritz and co. do not hammer away at the real issue, and instead (clearly) seek to sell books by blaming President Bush and (perhaps) try to win an election for John Kerry, the real force of the book has been missed entirely. Not only has it been missed, but less-than-average readers, or overly fanatic readers, might come away with no better message than, "Politicians suck," which will only increase apathy in this country and worsen the very problem that the book is supposed to counteract. Of course, there is a lot in this book that is eye opening. On that score, I approve of the book, because we cannot engage in the welfare of our country and our communities if we are living in an illusion. For as good and as smart of journalists as the authors appear to be, though, I'm rather disappointed that they couldn't have spent more time attacking the real problem, which they themselves seem to agree is the real problem without ever saying so. Journalism is really suffering in this country and it allows politicians to get away with selling spin, lies and cover-ups, which then increases apathy and disillusionment, which then gives politicians more power to sell spin, lies and cover-ups, which makes journalists think they should back away from contradicting politicians, which increases apathy and disillusionment, so on so forth. If journalism had not fallen such terrible prey to the curse of objective reporting, whatever that means, and if it did not continue to do so, then we might not live in the mess of having our leaders doubletalk to us.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    This fascinating, carefully documented, and splendid book is not a list of the lies George W. Bush told America, but an exposition of how he and members of his administration lied and got away with it: the technique of using facts, sometimes disputed, when trying to deceive, and how to manipulate ideas so that they technically were not lying all the while lying through their teeth in all the ways that matter. The examples are real, numerous, and carefully analyzed. This is a fascinating book tha This fascinating, carefully documented, and splendid book is not a list of the lies George W. Bush told America, but an exposition of how he and members of his administration lied and got away with it: the technique of using facts, sometimes disputed, when trying to deceive, and how to manipulate ideas so that they technically were not lying all the while lying through their teeth in all the ways that matter. The examples are real, numerous, and carefully analyzed. This is a fascinating book that is perhaps past its sell by date, but will be useful to scholars studying Bush’s lying-bastard administration in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Neil Crossan

    “George W. Bush’s administration has broken new ground with its penchant for technically true but misleading factual claims, accurate statistics that are substantively misleading, and strategically ambiguous language. Few of these may be blatant lies, but they’re just as dishonest. The President has gotten away with these tactics in large part because of the failings of the press corp.” Page. 23 9 – Basically, that’s what this book is about. Especially documenting the running up to the occupatio “George W. Bush’s administration has broken new ground with its penchant for technically true but misleading factual claims, accurate statistics that are substantively misleading, and strategically ambiguous language. Few of these may be blatant lies, but they’re just as dishonest. The President has gotten away with these tactics in large part because of the failings of the press corp.” Page. 23 9 – Basically, that’s what this book is about. Especially documenting the running up to the occupation of Iraq. Is there anyone out there who believes Cheney? (6/10)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Despite the title, this is no political screed. Written by the authors of the now defunct Spinsanity (a political fact checking) web site, this book takes a hard look at the relationship between politicians and the media, and how they use each other to reach their own agendas. Although there are many examples of how the Bush administration manipulated the media, there are plenty of examples of other administrations (on both sides of the political spectrum) doing the same.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard Kowalski

    Reasonable review of the lies the Bush Administration used to take the country to war and how the main stream media were willing accomplices in deceiving the American people. Dated, but possibly worth another look as hawks from both parties try to beat the war drum using flimsy to non-existent "intelligence". Reasonable review of the lies the Bush Administration used to take the country to war and how the main stream media were willing accomplices in deceiving the American people. Dated, but possibly worth another look as hawks from both parties try to beat the war drum using flimsy to non-existent "intelligence".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Must read if you're into politics. It shows all the ways politicians, particularly Bush but most from both sides do much the same, spin facts and what the actual truth behind them is. Must read if you're into politics. It shows all the ways politicians, particularly Bush but most from both sides do much the same, spin facts and what the actual truth behind them is.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charles Bonar

    SPINNING ALL THE TIME

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    A bit dated now. Hopefully we can put the whole thing behind us (except maybe for prosecuting those who broke the law). There shouldn't be one system for the elite, and one for everyone else. A bit dated now. Hopefully we can put the whole thing behind us (except maybe for prosecuting those who broke the law). There shouldn't be one system for the elite, and one for everyone else.

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    Tom Coates

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