I’m just throwing this out as a general advisory: if you have any interest in the American Presidential campaign, or in analyses of spin and distortion in general, make it a habit of stopping by Spinsanity. Or you could subscribe to their RSS feed. I’ve had to fight the urge to just repost links to everything they write, so consider this a recommendation. They do a great job of analyzing rhetoric from both campaigns, pointing out inaccuracies in media reporting on politics, taking on books and documentaries, and more. The non-partisan stance and rigorous insistence on getting to the truth come as a welcome antidote to, well, just about everything else about the campaign.
- CBO report spun by both sides (8/24)
- The myth of Kerry knowingly volunteering for dangerous duty lives on (8/24)
- From technically true to blatantly false (8/24)
Heck, they’re all good. Right now, the site’s authors are pushing their new book “All The President’s Spin” pretty hard, which probably lends to the perception that they’re a left-wing group. I haven’t seen any leftward shift in their posts, though; they’re still taking on both sides and the media itself.
So like I say, if you’ve any interest in these sorts of things, go sign up for the feed or add them to your bookmarks. The lessons in spin, deception, and media distortion you’ll receive are well worth the investment of your time.