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spin control

Slang. an attempt to give a bias to news coverage, especially of a political candidate or event.
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1985-90 Unabridged
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an attempt to manipulate the interpretation of news, esp. political

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: A distinctive point of view, emphasis, or interpretation; a distinctive character or style: He put a spin on the facts

[1979+; fr the notion of spin on a baseball or pool ball, which gives a deviant rather than a straight track; semantically related to throwing someone a curve]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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spin control in Technology
graphical user interface
A type of input control available on most graphical user interfaces, consisting of a text box or list control with associated up and down buttons. The user can either click in the text box and type a number or select an item from the list by clicking on it directly, or they can repeatedly select the next or previous value by clicking the up or down button.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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spin control

Manipulation of news, especially political news, as in The White House press secretary is a master of spin control. This idiom uses spin in the sense of “interpretation,” that is, how something will be interpreted by the public (also see put a spin on). [ c. 1980 ]
Also see: spin doctor
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