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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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Even worse is putting your trust in a spin doctor, who uses highly manipulative tactics with no regard for accuracy or transparency, to influence media content in the press.
But when reporters seldom trust anything a spin doctor says, does it discourage them trusting PR in general?
Talk about "Hold the front page": is this the first recorded instance of a spin doctor having said the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding the nature of all things political?
He's a spin doctor who should come with a government health warning.
One was Jo Moore, a spin doctor for the British government.
I know it is a spin doctor's job to be callous and cynical.
Branson is a spin doctor in his own right and one of the most effective.
(The good news to remember, however, is that no matter what you are in Washington, a Spin Doctor, Caseworker, or even a Clerk is a hero back home.)
Well, if he doesn't get elected Kerr may look to return as a spin doctor.
But for a spin doctor, her public statement has spectacularly failed to turn the tide of opinion in her favour.
Even the most experienced politican or photographed royal sometimes needs the urgent services of a spin doctor to avoid embarrassing slip-ups.
And there wasn't a spin doctor in sight to say what McLeish REALLY meant.