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spin doctor

One who manipulates information, often by attempting to present negative news as being somehow positive. The campaign's spin doctors somehow made the candidate's poor performance in the debate look like a sign that he was the more relatable candidate.
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spin doctor

someone who gives a twisted or deviously deceptive version of an event. (Usually in the context of manipulating the news for political reasons.) Things were going bad for the candidate, so he got himself a new spin doctor. A good spin doctor could have made the incident appear far less damaging.
See also: doctor, spin

spin doctor

An individual charged with getting others to interpret a statement or event from a particular viewpoint, as in Charlie is the governor's spin doctor. This term, born about 1980 along with spin control, uses doctor in the colloquial sense of "one who repairs something."
See also: doctor, spin

spin doctor

n. someone who provides an interpretation of news or an event in a way that makes the news or event work to the advantage of the entity employing the spin doctor. (Usually in political contexts in reference to manipulating the news.) Things were going bad for the president, so he got himself a new spin doctor.
See also: doctor, spin
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Her previous spin doctor, former Sunday Mail political editor Brian Lironi, quit after just six weeks.
I have met spin doctors and they are not nice people.
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Spin Doctors deal with the media and special interest groups.
Performance Spin Doctors receive each bike direct from the manufacturer.
Further, the introduction of political advisers making the symbiotic relationship more dicult, and spin doctors who serve two purposes, one to tell a yarn on behalf of the party leader which may or may not be true, and the other to be a fall guy for the politician if mistakes are made.
WHILE the Government has been busy cutting funding for services including policing, one element of public spending is higher than it has ever been - the cost of spin doctors.
CAN it really be 21 years since the release of the multi-million selling debut album Pocketful of Kryptonite, which reached number two in the UK charts, and launched the Spin Doctors around the globe?
John Wilson MSP said: "The revelation that one of Labour's top spin doctors in Scotland has been suspended further highlights the turf war between the party MSPs and their increasing differences with the Westminster group of MPs.
Well if that's the case how come the Government can pay their spin doctors better than some EU prime ministers?
All SHAs employ a head of communications, with nine of the ten authorities including spin doctors on their executive board.
The PM and Chancellor George Osborne are making pounds 81billion of cuts to public spending but want more than a dozen new spin doctors and special advisers on salaries of up to pounds 90,000.
At the risk of being branded a "luvvie" - something I have thus far avoided - I would go so far as to say I harbour feelings of warmth and even friendship towards the leading spin doctors of all four parties.
Here are just a few of the more egregious ones we've reported on: Dodgers sponsorships, public-relations contracts with international spin doctors, the annual multimillion dollar transfer to the city's general fund.