spin control

noun
Slang. an attempt to give a bias to news coverage, especially of a political candidate or event.

Origin:
1985–90

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Main Entry:  spin control
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an attempt to manipulate the interpretation of news, esp. political
Usage:  idiom
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spin control definition

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.
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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
The user can also navigate to other months by using the month spin control or
  the year spin control.
The drop-down and spin control allow selection of category records.
The drop-down and spin control allow selection of configuration records.
But beyond the day-to-day questions of spin control, another disturbing
  possibility lurks.
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