Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Spinning Lesson by Mr. Ignatieff


Talk About 'Spin"

Or Just 'Creative'
Editing?


Mr. Ignatieff wrote a book titled True Patriot Love and like all books it has a few blurps on the outside jacket which are designed to get you to buy the book.

Since he is the man who would like to be Prime Minister someday, honesty is perhaps a character you would expect him to demonstrate. The following editing of the books blurps give reason to pause and reflect on his honesty.

The blurp on the jacket of his book says: "Plenty of scope for a rich story ....Some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant ... Well written."

In fact the review being quoted from the National Post, when read in it's entirety was far from laudatory. What it said was:

"True Patriot Love offers little that is new on the Grants save some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant," wrote reviewer Robert L. Fraser.

"As an exploration of patriotism, it offers up clichés about modern Canada but little more.True Patriot Love is a well-written disappointment."

For clarity I have highlighted the blurps, taken from the complete review to demonstrate how creative editing (or spinning) can make black appear to be white.

"True Patriot Love offers little that is new on the Grants save some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant," wrote reviewer Robert L. Fraser.
"As an exploration of patriotism, it offers up clichés about modern Canada but little more.True Patriot Love is a well-written disappointment."

They wonder why Canadians don't trust politicians to speak the truth?




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