Arment Dietrich

Doing Everything We Can: How the Phone Company Spins Their Messaging

By: Arment Dietrich | July 21, 2007 | 
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Something has gone terribly wrong.  And no one is to blame.  Everyone is doing everything they can.  But their hands are tied.  Welcome to my world. These are among the platitudes, excuses, customer-service-speak apologies, and ramblings that have filled our emails and ears this past week, as our office phone lines have not worked since July 14.  Some would call this entire telephonic finger pointing “spin” [&hellip... Read More
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Spinning the Effects of Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | July 20, 2007 | 
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I was so astounded by a blog post I read this morning that I don’t even know how to introduce it. Trust me, it’s not often that I’m at a loss for words. I’m always looking for news on spin in the media and then I ran across a blog post titled “Getting Comfortable With Spin”. The blog is Nonprofit Communications and provides advice on nonprofit [&hellip... Read More
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Spin: Blogging Under a Pseudonym?

By: Arment Dietrich | July 18, 2007 | 
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If you’re really looking for the definition of spin, let me introduce you to Rahodeb, the pseudonym of Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey. Mackey posted messages under the Rahodeb username on Yahoo chat forums for years before being revealed in a sealed court document that was filed last month by the Federal Trade Commission and became public Wednesday evening, as reported by the New York [&hellip... Read More
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Citizen Journalism

By: Arment Dietrich | July 17, 2007 | 
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When I was in journalism school, I came across a thread of emails on an alumni listerv debating the ethics of doctoring photos in PhotoShop prior to publication.  Most considered it as unethical as doctoring quotes.  Unless, of course, we are talking about trashy celeb magazines; then the rules appeared to be a little more bendable. Another parallel is emerging with social media. While blogs give [&hellip... Read More
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Michael Chertoff: Spin for Scare Tactic?

By: Arment Dietrich | July 15, 2007 | 
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Hats Off to Chertoff Oh Michael Chertoff, you astound me.  Why would you put out a message to scare the American people?  And from all sources, you choose your “gut feeling?”  Really?  You are Homeland Security Secretary, and you tell us that we are going to be attacked within the summer months?!  Based on what evidence?  In his ramblings to the Chicago Tribune editorial board, the [&hellip... Read More
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Six Percent

By: Arment Dietrich | July 11, 2007 | 
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It is not revolutionary to say fundraising plays a huge role in politics today. In fact, it plays such a large role that the media surrounding fundraising results can determine a candidate’s fate before they ever have a chance to use the money they raised. Already, in the second quarter of 2007, more than six months before any election or caucus will be held, national media [&hellip... Read More
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Back to the Basics

By: Arment Dietrich | July 9, 2007 | 
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There are many blogs out there that all say the same thing.  Here at FADS we believe in bringing out the silliness and addressing what should have been addressed in the first place, so readers like you can see the other side and maybe have the opportunity to think twice before believing something.  We did a little survey from PR professionals here in-house to get their [&hellip... Read More
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Is Most Celebrity Publicity Considered Spin?

By: Arment Dietrich | July 8, 2007 | 
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I’m not here to encourage the obsession over Paris Hilton. Personally, I think there’s too much focus on celebrities today, especially Paris Hilton and her recent escapades. Nelly, a rapper, agrees, saying that “I have relatives who are getting out of jail but no one’s paying attention to them.” I may not be a Paris fanatic, but I must congratulate her publicist, who has perfected the [&hellip... Read More
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And you thought the crying baby was bad…

By: Arment Dietrich | June 29, 2007 | 
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From the “That’s Really Gross” department comes news that a transatlantic Continental Airlines flight was disrupted by, get this, an exploding toilet that leaked sewage into the cabin.  Travelers had to endure this for nearly seven hours, and even after a pit-stop in Ireland to repair the problem, were forced to share the first class head.  Passengers were told to limit their food and drink intake [&hellip... Read More
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Spinning By Omission

By: Arment Dietrich | June 28, 2007 | 
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Earlier this week, Molli blogged on what I like to call spinning by omission (SBO), or leaving out details to support an argument.  It’s commonplace in all types of debate but rampant among activists and politicians.  The great abortion debate is a perfect example of SBO. Although it’s safe to assume most Americans fall somewhere in the middle of the abortion debate, and we know hardliners [&hellip... Read More