Spin Cycle: How the White House and the Media Manipulate the News (2 cassettes)

Spin Cycle: How the White House and the Media Manipulate the News (2 cassettes)

by Howard Kurtz, Kurtz
     
 

In Spin Cycle, 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…  See more details below

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In Spin Cycle, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Andrew Ferguson
The best book in many years on the Washington media. . . .Spin Cycle will endure as one of the essential documents of the Clinton era. —The Weekly Standard
New York Times Book Review
A revealing, highly detailed insider account. . . .Should dispel any lingering myths about a liberal mainstream press eager to promote the president.
Newsweek
Illuminating.
Library Journal - Library Journal
In his own reading, author Kurtz (Hot Air: All Talk, All the Time, Random, 1996), Washington Post media reporter and magazine writer, reveals details about President Clinton's front-line spokespersons' struggle to put a positive "spin" on the many Clinton administration scandals, including Whitewater, the Paula Jones allegations, "filegate," "FBIgate," and the latest involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Kurtz opens the curtain on the continual back-office tactics of Clinton's spin doctors to steer the press back to national and international issues of import, only to find themselves constantly bombarded by intense focus on allegations of misdoings by the President as well as the First Lady. This detailed, inside look at these alleged sordid shenanigans and embarrassing behaviors of public officials also reveals the difficult inner personal conflict faced by Clinton's cronies as they struggle with these distasteful "nonissues." In time, either with a premature end to the presidency or a naturally evolving new administration, this time-sensitive work will be relegated to the remainder shelves, replaced by solid works by professional historians and biographers. Recommended only for larger public libraries.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Bob Minzesheimer
A must-read. . .one of the best descriptions of the spinning of a presidency. -- USA Today
The Boston Globe
300 nail-biting pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671043209
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.58(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.81(d)

What People are saying about this

Dan Rather
"Howard Kurtz is the only newspaepr reporter in America who regularly makes the mightiest network news executive quake in their boots; now it's the Clinton adminitration's turn to sweat. In Spin Cycle, Kurtz unveils a fascinating portrait of a process that politicians and reporters alike would prefer to keep under wraps: how the Clinton White House attempts to influence press coverage of issues large and small -- and how those efforts often succeed. Engrossing in its detail and provocative in its conclusions, Spin Cycle is Washington reporting at its very best."
Pete Hamill
"Howard Kurtz takes us into the sick little world of obsessed, self-imortant, prosecutorial journalists and their opposing cadre of self-important, image-mongering White House flacks. From his solid reporting, we are reminded again of the way image and process have triumphed over political substance, and why so many millions of Americans have lost all interest in political news. Anybody who cares deeply about the future of this Republic should read this book and tremble."
Marlin Fitzwater
"Howard Kurtz unlocks all the doors in Spin Cycle. He captures the fears, frustrations, and passions of the daily struggle between President Clinton and the press, with hundreds of moving parts. Presidents have always sought publicity, but the Clinton team has elevated the spin machine to a four-wheel-drive organization. This book lets you see how it all operates, for better or worse."
Fred Barnes
"I always thought the press had its way with presidents. But Howard Kurtz proves me wrong in his riverting account of how President Clinton and press secretary Mike McCurry make the national media knuckle under. If you want to know how Washington works today, this is the book to read.
Richard Reeves
"This is the best look I've had of the action on the other side of the door in the White House pressroom. It's great fun to see that they're as bad as journalists are. It also is a smart look at how smart folk define for themselves the critical lines between the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth -- and outright lying."

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