A List of Spin Tactics Used in Politics
Section: Spin U
The Impartial Review News publishes many stories about spin in politics. These tactics are commonly used lobbying groups, public relations organizations and politicians. Below is a list of some recent stories we’ve published organized by themes and strategies. If you’re interesting in bringing more truth into politics our guide should help you spot techniques that can undermine the truth and help you learn about approaches that can people find the truth in an era of hyper-media spin. This list is far from complete. However, it’s the goal of TIR that we will eventually fill in all the gaps.
General Information About Spin in Politics
How to Defeat Spin
Book Review: Deadly Spin. About insurance company spin
Relabelling Attempts to relabel an issue can be positive in showing people different aspects of an issue or can be used to confuse people by mislabelling a political idea or policy.
Pseudo-logic and science: Logical or Scientific Fallacies
Are Beautiful People More Intelligent? Example of attempt to infer causality from correlation to promote an idea
Science Doesn’t Back Press’ Claim that Sheryl Crow’s Tumor Wasn’t Caused by a Brain Tumor. Example of an Argument from Fallacy.
Ghost Hunters’ Has Sad Finale: Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge Remains Intact. Science method poorly understood by TV audiences
Moving the Goalposts: Judicial Ruling Against Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels. Example of the Moving the Goalposts Logical Fallacy
Romney’s Pig in the Poke Trick (AKA Sketchy Deal – Romnesia)
The Third Party Technique – Media Bias
Book Review: Assault on Reason Media Spin
Editorial: Response to Rep Ackerman’s statement that “People have Gotten Dumber”
Preying Upon Other Human Biases
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Confirmation Bias and Group Think. This article is about why people fail to self-correct their mistaken ideas. The above video by Rachel Maddow explains problems with Republican spin and why it costs us all – even Republicans. The self-fulfilling prophecy offers a good explanation as to why the Republicans didn’t believe they were going to lose the election.
Some articles discuss multiple techniques and so they are listed more than once on the list.
by Todd Miller
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