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January 04, 2010

Public Doubting Competence, and Growing Incensed with Spin of, Obama Administration, Says Noted Conservative... Bob Schieffer

Racist.

But [Janet Napolitano] was just following the modern bipartisan public relations template in this age of information management. First, play down the problem. Second, emphasize what did not go wrong. Assure us that those in charge are investigating, and most important, emphasize no one in any position of responsibility is at fault. Itís not lying. But itís not exactly the whole truth, certainly not the whole story. All she left out was that part about asking us to respect the privacy of those involved. Oh, Iím sorry. I got the government spin mixed up with the Tiger spin. Here is the difference. Tiger can hire as many people as he wants to make his excuses. It maydo him no good but itís his money to spend as he wishes. When government officials insult us with spin theyíre doing it on our dime, which is supposed to be used to operate the government, not to hold news conferences to tell us what a fine job people on the public payroll are doing. As we learned during Katrina, self-serving spin at the first sign of crisis does not help the situation. It makes it worse. Because it makes it harder to believe anything the government says. Real security is built on trust in government. That requires truth, which should be the beginning of government presentations, not the fallback position.

Actually, my headline's wrong; it was a guest on Schieffert who knocked the administration's competency (or perception thereof). Schieffert added this spin-deal.

Via Instapundit.


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