Arment Dietrich

Spinning Away from Accountability

By: Arment Dietrich | June 5, 2007 | 
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Is anyone personally accountable for his or her words and actions anymore? The answer is “no” if you look to high profile, public leaders like departing World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz. Why in the world is the head of the World Bank dating a bank employee in the first place, let alone securing a hearty compensation package for her? When the truth came out, after far [&hellip
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Despite Regulations, Underage Drinking Still Gets the Picture

By: Arment Dietrich | May 31, 2007 | 
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Do you remember smoking your first cigarette while you drank your first ice-cold frosty brew when you were only nine?  I really don’t remember it, but if I recall, I used to smoke a pack a day and drink a 12-er daily solely because that is exactly what tobacco and alcohol marketing executives wanted.  Ok.  So maybe that didn’t happen (I swear mom!).  But ever since [&hellip
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Control Blogging: What Do You Think?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 30, 2007 | 
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We found out recently that the Chinese government is going to start having strict controls over all the blogging going on.  They are requiring everyone to register with their real names and identification cards! People are very upset saying that it violates freedom to expression, and enforces penalties including prison. According to Wired, China has the world’s second-biggest population of Internet users after the United States, [&hellip
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FALAFAL! Propaganda in the “No Spin Zone”

By: Arment Dietrich | May 29, 2007 | 
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Indiana University angered the folks over at the O’Reilly Factor a couple of weeks ago when they released a study that debunked TV host Bill O’Reilly’s claim that he maintains a “No Spin Zone”.  O’Reilly says that his program is free of skewed views, but the research from IU says otherwise. Researchers looked at six months of O’Reilly’s “Talking Points Memo” segment, and measured the zings [&hellip
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Mergers, Acquisitions: Spinning Questions About Who’s the Boss?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 23, 2007 | 
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There’s nothing like a deal – especially one that rescues companies seeking survival – to spark spin about executive leadership.  And nowhere is the posturing more apparent than among Detroit’s automakers. With unprecedented gas prices, showroom floors over-stocked with inventory, and enormous competitive threats from once-distant foreign rivals, the traditional “Big Three” are on a perpetual quest for respect from their shareholders, industry experts, and consumers. [&hellip
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Is It a Wonder Americans Don't Vote?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 21, 2007 | 
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Nowhere do we see more spin than in a political election.  From politicians blatantly changing positions on controversial issues to pollsters manipulating surveys, it can seem as though the entire political process is designed to mislead the public. This is the very worst use of spin.  At no other time is it more important to know the facts – and I don’t mean the vague jumble [&hellip
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Are Journalists Spin Meisters?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 20, 2007 | 
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Spin is often seen as a dirty word in PR but it’s now making appearances in all different types of media. As a college journalism student, I’ve learned that spin isn’t just for PR professionals; spin is supposed to be a reporter’s best friend.  Yes, a lot of my classes are designed to teach writing styles and strengthen your abilities as a reporter but it’s really [&hellip
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Stick to Your Guns

By: Arment Dietrich | May 18, 2007 | 
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As the race for the presidential election continues, the second Republican debates heated up as politicians weighed in on important issues facing the nation and questioning each other’s allegiance to conservatism.  The debate was filled with discussion on controversial issues such as abortion, Iraq, and taxes.  The discussions were filled with contentiousness and repeated scrutiny about core values.  This debate was intended as an opportunity for [&hellip
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Spin in Sports?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 16, 2007 | 
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Being the avid sports spectator that I am, I turn my focus to the NBA playoffs, especially the series involving the Cleveland Cavaliers.  I started to notice something that TNT does during its broadcast.  And so far it has not failed.  The situation goes as follows: The ref makes a horrible call, and instead of showing a replay of the incident, TNT has their commentators move [&hellip
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Buying the Pharm

By: Arment Dietrich | May 15, 2007 | 
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Here’s the $643 million question.  How could the makers of painkiller OxyContin downplay the addictive qualities of the drug, which produces a high similar to heroin, and was responsible for at least 146 deaths in 2002? Their answer? “We promoted the medicine only to health-care professionals, not to consumers.” That seems like a less than sincere apology for a company that was just found liable for [&hellip
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