The bottom line is that the system is going bankrupt and the President and Congressional Democrats – who haven’t proposed any solution – do not have a plan to preserve Medicare long-term. –Rep. Tom Reed, Apr 29, 2013
Political spin is easy; we see and hear examples every day. Give it a try–you might get a job in politics.
- Blame a bête noire–“yeah but what about Nancy Pelosi?”
- Hit back; if called an extremist, retort–“you’re one too.”
- Omit what Paul Harvey called “the rest of the story.”
- If you don’t like the news, call it fake.
- Blame age–“too old (or too young) to know better.
- Invoke fear–“that would be Socialism.”
- Call on experts–“fifty famous economists say tax cuts will increase revenue.”
- Attack the source, e.g. the “failing NY Times.”
- Change the subject–“what about them Bills?”
- Point the finger–“it’s the Democrats (or Republicans) fault.”
- If you can’t defend today’s news, find something similar others did years ago.
If all else fails, lie–“he never said that (or at least not exactly that).”