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The Spinspeak Restaurant

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Sen. Joe Biden, Democratic aspirant for Vice President, gets a Spinspeak Gold Star for his recent invitation to Americans to join him at Katie’s Restaurant in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, to learn about the problems of “the Middle Class.”

But Biden, who styles himself as “Joe Lunchbucket” as he wanders around his lakefront mansion, apparently hasn’t been in downtown Wilmington of late. According to the Wall Street Journal, Katie’s has been closed since the 1980’s.

Hillary the C. Follows John the K. down Derring-dotalk Slippery Slope

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s current “mistake” in her report of bravely landing in Bosnia under enemy fire that has proven to have been non-existent is an outstanding spinspeak case history on why derring-dotalk is such a slippery slope.

She might have learned from the derring-dotalk difficulties of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), whose own 2004 presidential campaign prominently featured so many colorful Viet Nam war stories including his imaginative Christmas boat trip to Cambodia.

Clinton’s actual “mistake” was not having the National Archives or some other government agency redact all newsfilm showing her accepting flowers at the landing ceremony rather than dodging bullets. Kerry adroitly had his own jungle film taken afterward, but forgot to burn the records and shoot all witnesses

Spinspeak Rule 1 for successful derring-dotalk: Make it up out of whole cloth. Rule 2: No cameras. Rule 3: Be the only survivor.

Giving New Meaning to “Say” and “Widely-Accepted View”

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

Reuters, as noted in the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion-Journal, has now applied its “level playing field” journalism to the questioning that the Holocaust ever occurred by Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.

Reuters reports: “Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Regarding this widely-accepted view, Ahmadinejad was quoted…”

This is a spinspeak formula that surely is a boon to deconstructionist historians and the “mainstream” media.

For example:

Historians say the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Regarding this widely- accepted view, Senator Kerry says research shows that the attack as described by extreme right wing admirals may never occurred but was a cover for the torturing of women and children under U.S. occupation of Hawaii.

Or:

Historians say that Lincoln freed the slaves in the United States. Regarding this widely-accepted view, the Rev. Jesse Jackson says Lincoln only followed along after it became obvious that all- black regiments had won the Civil War.