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Voice of reason Matt Welch pointed me to this site, Spinsanity.org, that cuts through the tsunamis of baseless crap put out by Democrats and Republicans alike. Worth reading. Regularly. Just wish there were more sites like this for non-partisan, common-sense-in-government fans like me.

Here's their mission statement:

Robust political debate is essential to democracy. Our national political discourse is an important part of the democratic process and serves as a critical check on those in power. We are therefore deeply concerned that our public political dialogue, largely expressed through the channels of the mass media, is becoming systematically dominated by sophisticated tactics of manipulation rather than norms of public reason. Despite widespread complaints about spin, no one is adequately documenting the full ramifications of this development to our satisfaction.

Thus, our goal at Spinsanity is to use rigorous, non-partisan analysis to expose the use and intent of the simulated reason and public relations techniques that dominate political discourse, and to document how they are disseminated through the media. By exposing these tactics and demonstrating their pervasiveness, we hope to create a greater awareness of how spin operates and corrupts, and contribute to a healthy and vibrant political discourse.

Come on, bloggers, do your part to degrease Washington D.C.! Link to Spinsanity today!

Posted by aalkon at April 9, 2004 8:12 AM

Comments

Been linking to 'em since the day I started a links page.

Posted by: LYT at April 9, 2004 1:29 AM

I enjoy Spinsanity, too. I especially love the way the skewer shrieking harpy Ann Coulter.

Posted by: Patrick at April 9, 2004 5:08 AM

Looks great. Just subscribed to their listserv.

PS: hi Patrick! happy Good Friday!

Posted by: Lena at April 9, 2004 10:15 AM

Oh yeah, these spinsanity guys are fabulous. Not only do they defang the Coulters and O'Reillys on the right, they spend equal time and effort to deflate gasbags like Franken and Michael Moore. They gotcher fair and balanced right here, pal. On a side note, I do get a kick out of all the above characters from time to time. Great fireworks show. For the most part they are all very smart, quick witted, and pretty funny. Okay, scratch that funny part for some. But after all they are essentially entertainers chasing down a living at being outspoken and outlandish in matters political. Spinsanity boys wade into the fray and get the facts separated out from all the bluster and harangue.

Posted by: allan at April 9, 2004 6:51 PM