Archive for the 'Issues of the Week' Category

Recent studies BY EXPERTS indicate that 37% of the stories which appeared in the major metropolitan press were the result of public relations activities. In industry or suburban press, this can rise to more like 70%. At the Spin, we believe that’s only the TIP OF THE ICEBERG. Each week the Spin panelists start the show with a look at the issues making news and how that news was made. Tune in for the regular dissection of the efforts of journalists, flak-catchers and spin doctors.

Obama euphoria hides some toxic dumps

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

By Willow in London
Yes, and before you knife me for not melting into my seat as I watch and read about the new US President, I confess to a small feeling of hope surrounding him… a feeling he has wisely been playing down now that he has pulled off the impossible dream.
We’ll let the US […]

Tepid spin on warming as the world freezes….

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Willow - back in London after a cool Australian summer Christmas.
Have you noticed that throughout this chilling northern hemisphere winter, whenever the press runs a story on the arctic conditions around the world, they run a little side-story from some wonk explaining how this does not mean that global warming is not real?
All these articles […]

Is Capitalism saved?

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

 by Brian Boyd, VTHC Secretary
“The end of raw capitalism … it’s been a nightmare… the U.S. government nationalised corporate giants and now shoulders an alarming burden of responsibility for market failure… this is not what capitalism was meant to look like…  How did it come to this? 
 “The end of […]

RICHO returns, with his sandals on, for the Liberal Democrats Conference

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Richo in Bournemouth:
Party Conferences are pretty big in the UK. There have a season for them and everything. Every autumn party faithful hit the beach towns to hear from their leaders, make comments on policy, vent spleens, heap praise, and generally get excited.
Companies hold events and seminars, […]

Socialist George Bush saves US capitalism

Monday, September 15th, 2008

By Brian Boyd.
International capitalism’s spin doctors went into over drive recently when US taxpayers’ money was used to bailout the two largest financial institutions in the world, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The US government basically nationalised these giants of the American financial system. The Bush administration often claims that the US’s unfettered markets were […]

Getting back that golden feeling

Friday, September 5th, 2008

By Willow.
London: Suddenly, after years of living in England with the subtle feeling that my Aussie way with words made me a fishwife, I have become very popular.
People are talking sport so much London is like Melbourne-on-Thames. And my brother sends me the photo of a bus The Sun has hired in Sydney, painted with […]

War - what is it good for? Good diversion, for one

Monday, July 24th, 2006

 How is a yoof-full PR hack to keep his key messages in line when out there and online there’s so much anarchy? We put Catters on the couch, in lieu of his entire self-obsessed and crazy-straight generation, and ask, just how can a modern communicator get “cut through” on his self-promotion with so many other […]

Podcast for Sunday June 3 - There was a backflip at the station…

Monday, June 5th, 2006

There was movement round the station….Certainly was at Triple R on Sunday when Richo, Little Boy, Willo and Catters looked at the winners and losers of Howards backflip on privatisation of the Snowy scheme. All the tricks utlilied it was indeed brilliant to watch. Obvious loser, Morris Iemma, but who would have thought Malcolm Fraser […]

How to Spin two weeks underground into a lifetime of PR Gold

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

At last, the media event you’ve all been waiting for - and no, it’s not just the trapped miners being brought above ground at last, thank God.No, I’m talking about the Spin podcast returning after, well, extensive “technical difficulties.” (Okay, it was really just because certain team members had difficulties with the technology - learning […]

Was the Robson/Clinton ‘date’ just some slick cross promotion?

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Notice it was a Seven star he went out with - not one from nine or ten… I think it was all just a big cross-promotion for Naomi - and the new Seven show Commander in Chief (about a democrat, female president)
Sadly, nothing is going to make me interested in the terminally politically correct and […]