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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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A SNP spokesman said: "To lose one spin doctor may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two is carelessness.
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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.
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The PM and Chancellor George Osborne are pushing through 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.
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?
Now it's being alleged the expensive spin doctor was hired to limit the damage and control the crises that would ensue once the facts of the case were generally known.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan's spin doctor Cathy Owens is apparently in trouble due to her 'abrasive' attitude.
The term spin doctor is,as one would expect,American in origin.
5million in 2011, with Mr Cameron's spin doctor Craig Oliver and chief of staff Ed Llewellyn the best paid.
Mayor Anderson and his Labour council cohorts have created a vacancy for a city spin doctor with a fancy job to ensure that the Mayor's actions and decisions are engaging, transparent, and efficiently communicated to the public.
The basic salary of the most senior spin doctor for the board was between pounds 64,104 and pounds 87,366 - but this didn't include pension contributions, social security and other employer costs.