A formula for measuring spin in the presidential debates

Monday, September 29, 2008

Politicians are masters at spinning their words to boost their appeal. Which candidate in this year’s presidential election uses the most spin? The Takeaway talks to David Skillicorn, a computer science professor Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Guest: David Skillicorn, a computer science professor Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Contributors:

Jim Colgan and Noel King

Comments [3]

Walter Josiah

I echo the comments of S. Canciello. I listened to the piece in my car and thought I had lost reception when I realized it was Adaoras silence at David Skillcorns conclusion that Obama use of "we" makes him more deceptive.

Be a better journalist and keep your personal bias to yourself.

Sep. 30 2008 08:44 AM
Karin Wood

Well, I was sort of speechless, too. Why did Skillicorn need a computer to help him count the number of "I"s and "we"s in the debate? That's all he could offer to defend the claim that Obama was more "deceptive"?

Sep. 29 2008 11:51 AM
S Canciello

I'm have to say I am not shocked, but disapointed in the reaction to the information provided by David Skillicorn. Once it was clear that he was saying that his results were indicating that Obama's debate language was more deceptive than McCain's, Adaora was speechless and almost immediately ended the interview. Only after a the story ended did John come back and make clear that David Skillicorbn was saying that by this study, McCain was less deceptive in his speech. But your 'unbiased' reporting had to mention that McCain may be less deceptive but it is subjective and people don't respond as well to his speaking...

Whenever there is something negative about Obama it is rapidly dismissed and explained away, when the reverse happens it is talked about as if it is absolute fact.

Your audience is smart enough to weigh these reports and vote as they see fit. We do not need you to 'spin' a report on spin in the campaigns for us.

Sep. 29 2008 07:45 AM

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