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Spin is alive and well in New Jersey and America

Spin is alive and well in New Jersey and America
BY RICHARD A. LEE
COMMENTARY

In today's media environment, most major news stories are accompanied by healthy doses of spin.

Last week, BP issued a 193-page report that attempts to shift much of the blame for the world's biggest offshore spill to two other companies. Last month in New Jersey, when the state lost out on $400 million in federal education because of a clerical error on its application for the funds, Governor Christie attempted to turn the table and blame the Obama Administration for acting "like mindless drones" and not contacting state officials for the needed information.

Spin may be more prevalent today, but by no means is it new. Franklin Delano Roosevelt conducted press conferences on a regular schedule so he had the ability to set the agenda for the press and provide reporters with a regular flow of news. In addition, members of his staff often would plant questions with reporters so that they would ask about a topic the President wished to stress.

Other Presidents continued to manage the news, but not as overtly as FDR. In order to keep the news about the Eisenhower Administration positive, the President's press secretary, James Hagerty, used the White House as his venue for announcing favorable missile tests, but when there were failures, shifted the announcements to military locations. It was a subtle but effective mechanism.

 

Now, more than ever, America must speak with one, strong, commanding voice

Now, more than ever, America must speak with one, strong, commanding voice
BY PAUL S. ARONSOHN
COMMENTARY

Sadly, our world is in great disrepair.

So much violence. So much disaster. So much poverty. So much disease. From the estimated 80 terrorist attacks that have already ...

Dragging the legislature to reform

Dragging the legislature to reform
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov. Chris Christie announced his plans to reform how government runs in Trenton: Limiting public officials to one salary, banning dual officeholdin...

Obama could use a lesson in economics 101

Obama could use a lesson in economics 101
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Last week, President Obama made a speech in Ohio about the economy. Below are excerpts from the speech and reveals what we know about seasoned politicians — they want everyo...

Return education policy back to local communities

Return education policy back to local communities
BY SCOTT GARRETT
COMMENTARY

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 10 finalists for the "Race to the Top" initiative. Enacted shortly after President Obama took office, this program al...

New Jersey may give up its leadership on sex ed

New Jersey may give up its leadership on sex ed
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

Sometimes you have to go out of state to make a point. So, as the school year opens, I'm taking you to Minnesota to discuss a sex education controversy t...

Lack of leadership by N.J. Democrats is one of many things to dislike lately

Lack of leadership by N.J. Democrats is one of many things to dislike lately
BY IRWIN STOOLMACHER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

A day does not go by lately without me getting ticked off about something. Here are four items in the news that have really gotten my dander up:

On ...

September 11 controversies give chance to re-examine freedoms

September 11 controversies give chance to re-examine freedoms
BY MIKE VORKUNOV
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Yesterday was a special day for my family and me. It marked the 17-year anniversary of our immigration to the United States. As for all émigrés that day ...

Job training is creating real progress in New Jersey

Job training is creating real progress in New Jersey
BY HILDA L. SOLIS
COMMENTARY

This Labor Day, many Americans face hard times. The July 2010 figures indicate a 9.5 percent national unemployment rate, with a staggering 14.6 million Americans without job...

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