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SPIN DOCTORS They influence chiefs of States they handle information and disinformation they shape the public opinion they are SPIN DOCTORS Alistair Campbell Peter Mendelson Karl Rove you may have never heard these names you probably have never seen their faces thats normal for it is their job to act in the dark and do the dirty job in politics unnoticed Yet these men not only carry out Presidents orders they also have a mighty power of their own 1 WHAT IS A SPIN DOCTOR Spin doctor is a typically Anglo-Saxon expression to name the Rasputins of democracy they are special advisors expert in opinion spinning election shapers and consensus makers 2 EXAMPLES Bush and Karl Rove the Wilson case Joseph Wilson ex-ambassador accused the Bush administration of having manipulated information to exaggerate the Iraqi threat and he thus became the b noire of Washington Then at the beginning of October a so-called leakfuite revealed to the press that the wife of Wilson was a CIA agent Giving away this piece of information and thus endangering this agents life is according to American laws a crime George Bush showed out that he was furious but for experts there is no doubt this leak was organised by Karl Rove the Presidents spin doctor Indeed Wilsons wife must now hide and after that anyone in possession of serious elements to criticize the Bush policy concerning Iraq will surely keep his mouth shut Which is actually not so annoying for Bush Jr But no risk is signature could be publicly revealed because this man is a professional and leaves no hints Besides the minister of justice himself John Ashcroft did call for Rove to do some jobs forhim in the past Blair and Campbell the Kelly case But the job has its risks Alastair Campbell the guru of Tony Blair has just had to resign because
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