The best way for someone to sense they are being spun is to listen for jargon or trigger words repeated over and over, says a reporter for the CBC.
With the seemingly never ending barrage of news stories popping up in the media related to politics, citizens are constantly exposed to political spin. Most politicans have become masters of trying to influence the behaviour of voters.
How can a regualr person see through the spin tactics of politicians and make an informed decision?
Political reporter Bendan Elliott said if someone keeps going back to or repeating the same message using different words, then this person is more than likely trying to spin you into hearing their version of the story.
“Also, regular news observers should listen to whether a question is actually being answered. If a journalist asks a question, and the person does everything except answer the question, then there’s a good chance that person is spinning.”
a It is hard for the average person to counter this spin, he said.
“The only suggestion would be for the person to continue asking their question until they feel satisfied that their question has been answered.”
CBC producer Donna Allen, said people should stop and ask themselves a few
questions,when considering whether or not they have been spun.
“Does this sound likely, reasonable, does it pass the smell test? What aren’t they telling me? Why is this person saying what they are saying? Might there be an ulterior motive? Does this person seem credible to me?”