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Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machineby Howard Kurtz
Synopses & Reviews
Bill Clinton is the most investigated president since Richard Nixon—facing inquiries into Whitewater, campaign fundraising abuses, and sexual misconduct—and yet he improbably began 1998 with approval ratings as high as those of Ronald Reagan. But the new year has brought a barrage of new allegations, and the president and his advisers face once again the challenge of spinning the news to their advantage, a challenge they have mastered many times before.
In Spin Cycle, award-winning Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz reveals the inside workings of Clinton's well-oiled propaganda machine—arguably the most successful team of White House spin doctors in history. He takes the reader into closed-door meetings where Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Mike McCurry, Lanny Davis, and other top officials plot strategy to beat back the scandals and neutralize a hostile press corps through stonewalling, stage managing, and outright intimidation. He depicts a White House obsessed with spin and pulls back the curtain on events and tactics that the administration would prefer to keep hidden, including:
Spin Cycle is an all-too-human drama in which political operatives wrestle with their consciences as they struggle to protect the boss. As the scandal drums beat louder and louder, Kurtz shows what it takes for the president and his people to survive, and what happens to the truth along the way.
About the Author
Howard Kurtz, the longtime media reporter for The Washington Post, is the author of the award-winning books Hot Air: All Talk, All the Time and Media Circus: The Trouble with America's Newspapers. Named the nation's best media reporter by the American Journalism Review, Kurtz has also written for The New Republic, TV Guide, New York, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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