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

By Ben Fritz, Brendan Nyhan

All the President's Spin, the 1st ebook from the editors of the acclaimed nonpartisan web site Spinsanity, unmasks the strategies of deception and media manipulation that George W. Bush has used to promote his schedule to the yank people.

From his campaigns for tax cuts to the controversy over conflict in Iraq, President Bush has hired an unparalleled onslaught of half-truths and strategically ambiguous language to curl and deform the proof. Fritz, Keefer, and Nyhan's strong critique of Bush's checklist of coverage deception explains why the media has didn't carry him responsible and demonstrates the hazard those strategies pose to sincere political debate.
this can be the basic ebook for each citizen who desires to know how George W. Bush has misled the kingdom and why, if left unchallenged, the entire President's spin may well quickly develop into regular perform -- a devastating improvement for our democracy.

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The following technique used to be to plead lack of knowledge. On July 18, the White apartment published declassified parts of the October 2002 nationwide Intelligence Estimate, which instructed that Saddam had tried to acquire the cloth from Niger, Somalia, and “possibly” the Congo. but the declassified parts confirmed that the kingdom Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and study (INR) had further a footnote mentioning that “the claims of Iraqi pursuit of normal uranium in Africa are, in INR’s evaluate, hugely doubtful. ” An unnamed senior management respectable, notwithstanding, instructed the Washington publish that Bush and Rice “did no longer learn footnotes in a 90-page record [the size of the categorized version]. ”50 And on July 20, Deputy nationwide safety Adviser Stephen Hadley, who were in command of approving nationwide safeguard info in either Bush’s October 2002 speech in Cincinnati and the January 2003 kingdom of the Union, acknowledged that Rice had now not recognized that the Niger declare were faraway from the October speech. fifty one ultimately, on July 30, the President said that the declare was once erroneous and took accountability for it. In a Rose backyard press convention, a reporter requested, “why is Dr. Condoleezza Rice now not being held responsible for the assertion that your individual White condominium has said used to be a mistake on your nation of the Union deal with relating to Iraq’s makes an attempt to buy uranium? and in addition, do you're taking own accountability for that inaccuracy? ” Bush replied, “I take own accountability for every little thing I say, in fact. totally. ”52 The White House’s continuously altering tale in regards to the uranium declare used to be clean meat for a press corps frequently starved via the Bush administration’s unrelenting adherence to its reliable message. even if this used to be one of many few circumstances during which the media broadly coated the White condominium spin, newshounds frequently didn't rather review the administration’s claims. instead of targeting the Bush administration’s persevered evasions, reporters took the interior White apartment clash as de facto proof that the President’s declare used to be unsuitable. certainly, the storyline that Bush’s nation of the Union declare used to be fake shaped early and used to be repeated through the summer season. The Niger files have been basically forgeries, however the British intelligence had now not been disproved, and the U. ok. stood by way of its claims. however, CBS reporter David Martin observed “President Bush’s fake declare approximately Iraqi guns; he made it regardless of a CIA caution the intelligence used to be undesirable” on July 10, ignoring the British sourcing and standing of that facts. fifty three the next day to come, ABC international information this night anchor Peter Jennings mentioned Bush’s “false claims” and reporter Martha Raddatz referred to as it “false info. ”54 Even worse, a number of commentators, corresponding to Kristof and the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson, claimed that Bush had referred on to Niger in his speech, instead of Africa. fifty five briefly, the media, so often toothless, used to be simply as incompetent while it did try and carry the White residence dependable, leaving the general public with a pressured influence of the proof and management officers with a simple retort while referred to as on their deceptions.

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