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spin control

Slang. an attempt to give a bias to news coverage, especially of a political candidate or event.
Origin of spin control
1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Contemporary definitions for spin-control

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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