In politics and public relations spin refers to portraying an event or fact in a way that is favorable to you and unfavorable to your political opponents. This is called "putting a positive spin on a story" or just "spinning" the story.
Practitioners of spin are often referred to as spin doctors.
The techniques of spin include:
- selective quotation
- selective use of facts
- non-denial denial
- phrasing in a way that assumes unproven truths
- "burying" stories by releasing information at times when more important events dominate the news
- public relations
- media manipulation
- censorship in the United States
- BBC news story: "We've too many spin doctors"