Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Political Spin.

What is “political spin?” It is a useful tool in the arsenal of politicians and the media to twist words or statements to make the unpalatable truth look more palatable. I see the rise of spin as a real problem for democracy because it masks transparency and provides the public with distorted information. For those who are not quite sure what “political spin” is; below is a grand example. What the first paragraph states is how it in reality was, and the second shows how it looks after it had been “politically spun” to look good. - Werner

The following is a story about the great-great uncle of Senator Harry Reid. A rose by any other name still smells as sweet.

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle, Harry Reid.

Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

NOW That’s how it's done, Folks! That's real POLITICAL SPIN

1 comment:

Proud Queenslander said...

Werner, if you don’t already know, the Labor Party is the grand master of political spin and deception, they perfected it and managed to fool the people of Queensland at the March election to re-elect this pathetic and lying mob.