Spotlight the Spin

A weekly look at stories various PR people tried to bury in the tail end of the news cycle before this last weekend. What are they hoping that we won’t talk about this week because it’s old news now? Let’s give those stories some oxygen, link to blogs discussing them, and reanimate their shambling zombie corpses.

Also: what stories are the headpieces stuffed with straw spinning for us first thing this week, and what particular advantage do they hope to gain thereby? i.e. is it just about winning the news cycle for this week only or is a longer play building strategic momentum?

N.B. please stay on topic – this thread is for holding up a mirror to the tactics of the spinning Hollow Men. Breaking news stories and/or policy debates based on them should generally be discussed in the latest Saturday Salon open thread if there is no post dedicated to the topic.

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13 comments on “Spotlight the Spin
  1. paul walter says:

    In the past I’ve mentioned “Merak” and the asylum seekers in Indonesia. Altho my support has been equivocal, I’d have still to say the thought of these forgotten folk living under the harsh conditions that the authorities feel is necessary for deterrence, is as depressing as ever.

  2. Patrickb says:

    Bit late but I’ve just heard the PM report from Fromelle on the re-interment of the 80+ year old diggers’ corpses. Is it just us that indulges in this sort of thing? Why can’t we leave them in peace? It seems we so lack national character that we take any opportunity to bask in vicarious glory. RIP.

  3. paul walter says:

    This time they were able to discover the identities of unknown soldiers through DNA testing, so there is a substantial novelty factor to warm up the rehash.
    Plus, a human interest aspect; “Nameless diggers drowned by mud in trenches reclaim identity though DNA”,
    along with the prospect of a good photo opportunity for the politicians to display their patriotism.

  4. Patrickb says:

    BTW, that’s PM the radio current affairs show. Even Super J couldn’t be in Oz and France in the one day.

  5. paul walter says:

    Wrong, Patrick.
    it’s called ‘multi skilling”.
    Acording to my (few) female friends women are able to doing two things at once to the point of generally not even noticing it.
    You have no doubt already been informed that men, by contrast, are not even capable of performing a single task, let alone being at Canberra and Fromelles at the same time.
    You see now why Abbott is strife (Casey will explain the mechanics and physics of female air born transportation).

  6. Patrickb says:

    “You see now why Abbott is strife”
    Abbott’s in strife because he’s a moron leading morons. Speaking of spin (of sorts) Costello’s attempt at parody was appalling. Echos of the worst kind of schoolyard bully. I swear that there is a cretin virus loose and it’s deadly to conservative politicians.

  7. paul walter says:

    Unfortunately, it also fatal for bystanders and civilisations.
    Recalling Costellos Costello’s Roland Freisler-like schreeching efforts in the lower house, we are surely well rid of such an individual.

  8. Patricia WA says:

    You see now why Abbott is in strife = =>

    Coalition Electioneering
    So far is Tony Abbott jeering.
    Peter Costello’s done some sneering.
    They seem to think that’s so endearing
    They’ll pull uncommitted voters in
    While they complain about Labor’s spin.
    If that is their strategy to win
    The polls must be causing them chagrin.
    Julia Gillard has a happy smile.
    People respond to her friendly style.
    Is this the ‘spin’ they warn of? This guile,
    Making her the winner by a mile?

  9. Patricia WA says:

    You see now why Abbott is in strife

    Apologies, Paul Walter, for not mentioning it was your comment which inspired me to compare Gillard’s successful campaign ‘tactics’ with those of Abbott. Is this another example of female multi-skilling or is it spin? Whatever…. it seems to be working.

    I was grappling with tigtog’s helpful instructions on using italics. I.T. is an area where I lack the most basic of skills, so I didn’t get that right either. Let’s see if I can this time.

    [HTML fixed – tigtog]

  10. Patricia WA says:

    Oh, dear! What am I doing wrong? I have followed tigtog’s instructions after copying and pasting them thus:

    tigtog permalink
    Open and close the following tags around the appropriate text, Patricia. (Copy and paste this somewhere on your computer?)
    ==> italic
    ==> bold

    ==>quote

  11. Patricia WA says:

    Oh, dear! What am I doing wrong? I have followed tigtog’s instructions after copying and pasting them thus:

    tigtog permalink
    Open and close the following tags around the appropriate text, Patricia. (Copy and paste this somewhere on your computer?)
    ==> italic
    ==> bold

    ==>quote

    Checked and my initial copy of instructions was intact. So what happened?

    Have pasted again. I will desist from further waste of space until I can get help from my son or a grandchild after school today.

  12. tigtog says:

    That might be best, Patricia. I have to ask you: please take any future technical questions to a Salon thread rather than derailing a thread dedicated to a specific topic?

  13. Paul Burns says:

    The beat up on ABCTV2 this morning about the Victorian Labor staffer wearing budgie smugglers/snugglerswho disrupted Abbott’s shopping centre walk was amazing. I notice they didn’t give anytrhing like the same prominence to the shooting up the house and terrifying of a Labor candidate’s family in West Sydney yesterday. It seemsdisrupting our glorious Opposition Leader ‘s suburban walks is bad, bad, badf, but possibly tring to kill a Labor candidate is not, at least, not at Rupert’s ABC.

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