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Spin Cycle: How the White House and the Media Manipulate the News

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Spin Cycle is the first behind-the-scenes account of the White House political operation as it packages and shapes the news by manipulating, misleading, and in some cases, intimidating the press. It is also the tale of how some of the nation's top journalists buy into these efforts and, often, put their own spin on the news.
Compelling, infuriating, often devastatingly fu
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 9th 1998 by Free Press (first published March 18th 1998)
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Mariana Gaspar
May 07, 2016 Mariana Gaspar rated it really liked it
De leitura obrigatória para aqueles que não vêem a natureza tablóide da imprensa e acreditam que o spin é uma arte exclusiva aos assessores de imprensa.

"He had launched his career thinking that journalism was pure - a bunch of people dedicated to serving the public by ferreting out the thruth - and concluded, sadly, that it wasn’t. In fact, it wasn’t all that different from being a spokesman. Both professions waxed and waned according to the news cycle, and both had their share of shortcuts and
Beth W
Aug 03, 2008 Beth W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going back through my book collection and reading things I didn't read when I bought them. This is interesting as it was written/published in 1998 and is about how Bill Clinton--through his team--"controlled" his own press. It seems almost naive at this point. Interestingly, it talks about how hostile he was to the media and how he personally believes that the media is/was "out to get him." Gave me some insight into him losing his temper while stumping for hillary recently. That's apparently ...more
It’s 1998. The Thompson Committee, holding hearings about the fundraising abusing of the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1996, has released a memo written by Harold Ickes for Clinton and Gore, explaining the differences between hard money and soft money, and how much of each amount could be used for commercials. Both Clinton and Gore had read it.

This was a major problem, because Gore had denied knowing that he was raising hard money. This memo proved him a liar. Time for the masters of spin to swing i
May 08, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the book is framed with the intern scandal, and Kurtz does include some of the administration’s stonewalling on the other potential presidential sex scandals, the thrust of his analysis is the long-running fundraising scandal. Spin Cycle was published in 1998, which means it mostly predates the Lewinsky scandal, which is too bad because that was the Clinton’s finest spin, when they convinced feminists to support an abusive boss, Democrats to vilify a young woman, and reporters to ignore sc ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Eric rated it liked it
How the Administration (Clinton's) AND the press have trivialized coverage of the political news of the nation. (With coverage from the likes of Dan Rather and Brian Williams, how can it matter?)
Jan 04, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it
Anyone who has ever lamented media bias, read this book. Reporters, on the whole, are not on some ideological warpath. They're just trying to scoop the competition, make deadline and keep their editors happy. Howard Kurtz provides ample examples of this, showing how politicians manipulate the press and how reporters use their political sources. The book seemed so important to me when it first came out - I had been living in Washington, D.C. at the time and the Monica Lewinsky scandal had just pa ...more
May 22, 2009 Seth rated it liked it
Assembles the details of how employees of the White House / Executive Branch work daily at controlling and manipulating what information is released when for maximum impact of positive news and damage control of bad news. Some of the guys who worked for Clinton are back in there working for Obama, so even though this book is dated, it's overall description of how the system works is probably still relevant and insightful.
Dec 14, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Interesting to see where power lies in Washington D.C: The White House, K Street, the Capitol, and the PRESS. This book is a case study in how the Washington media and the White House battle each other in defining issues and influencing the public.
There was a time when I enjoyed Howie Kurtz; I watched his show, I read his book. Yes, the Clinton Administration spun the news hard. Who doesn't? An interesting look at how presidents manipulate the public.
Oct 10, 2009 Kathi rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone even attempting to discuss politics; explains how trial balloons are used, stories are spun to politicians' benefits, etc.
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Feb 19, 2008 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, non
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