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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.
See also: doctor, spin

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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That he has survived what he has is due to his policy of attack rather than defence and his employment of clever spin doctors such as the now departed Michael Cole.
For instance, why is it that the more people are trying to hear a spin doctor's briefing, the quieter they will speak ?
He's a spin doctor who should come with a government health warning.
Mr Field has launched a series of bitter attacks on his old boss Harriet Harman, the former Social Security Secretary, on Chancellor Gordon Brown and yesterday on spin doctors.
Plaid Cymru's deputy Assembly leader, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, said, ``The Government knows that its policies are not working and they are resorting to employing spin doctors to hoodwink the people of Wales that they are actually making a difference.
New Labour spin doctors are to be reined in following the Jo Moore controversy.
Commons Speaker Miss Betty Boothroyd has had "eyeball to eyeball" confrontations with Ministers during her continuing war against Government spin doctors.
THE Scottish Executive has spent a record amount on spin doctors - with the bill now pounds 750,000 a year.
An Executive spokeswoman said the number of spin doctors was under the 12 maximum allowed by the Parliament.
``Therefore, it is in their best interests to make sure they say to their political masters, `Look, we as spin doctors are very important indeed and you can't do without us.
EMAIL to Scottish spin doctors: Now would be a good time to rethink your strategy and bury any ideas to spin your way towards the 2003 election.
Second, Sixsmith imagines the Downing Street spin doctors making political capital out of a Prime Minister's middle-aged wife becoming pregnant.
BLAIR RAID 1 COMMONS speaker Michael Martin yesterday branded Tony Blair's army of spin doctors "sweat rags".
DEPUTY Premier John Prescott has told Tony Blair to tighten his grip on Labour's army of spin doctors.
OK, so if he can play spin doctors, how about a role in Alastair Campbell - The Movie.