Spinsanity in the news - media citations
11/23/04: Brendan Nyhan is quoted extensively in an American Journalism Review piece on fact-checking in media coverage of campaign 2004.
11/15/04: Spinsanity is mentioned in a Gannett News Service column.
11/11/04: An interview with the editors of Spinsanity about All the President's Spin appears in Reason magazine.
11/2/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on CFRB Newstalk 1010 Toronto to discuss spin in campaign 2004.
11/2/04: Spinsanity is featured in a Knight Ridder teen column on websites to help voters sort through political spin.
11/1/04: Spinsanity is recommended by the Philadelphia Daily News as a resource for voters.
10/31/04: Spinsanity is recommended as a resource for voters in the Sheboygan Press.
10/27/04: An interview with Brendan Nyhan about campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin is published in Omaha's City Weekly.
10/24/04: The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Spinsanity as part of an examination of the aggressive spin tactics being used in campaign 2004.
10/22/04: A panel discussion on re-establishing trust in the media at Duke University's Coach K/Fuqua School of Business Conference on Leadership featuring Brendan Nyhan and two media executives was broadcast on WUNC's "The State of Things" (MP3 audio).
10/22/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on KGO San Francisco's "The Pete Wilson Show" to discuss campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin.
10/19/04: Spinsanity is profiled as a top fact-checking site in the Wall Street Journal.
10/19/04: KFDX Texoma recommends Spinsanity as a fact-checking site.
10/13/04: An article in the Hartford Courant cites Spinsanity as a prominent fact-checking website and quotes Brendan Nyhan.
10/13/04: Spinsanity is cited by Factcheck.org's Brooks Jackson in an interview with the Baytown Sun.
10/11/04: Bryan Keefer appears on KCPW/KPCW Salt Lake City to discuss campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin.
10/10/04: Spinsanity is recommended by Newsday columnist Lou Dolinar in a column:
My personal favorite is spinsanity.org, the product of three reformed Democratic politicos, Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan. I've been astonished this year: Every time I Google something disputable (Did Sen. John Kerry volunteer for combat? Was President George Bush jumped over other candidates for the National Guard?) I usually find the last word on Spinsanity. And unlike Annenberg, its takes are like the rest of the country - split about 50-50 Bush vs. Kerry.
"There's no quota," Fritz told me when I asked if they deliberately evened up their coverage, "We just try to be nonpartisan and it seems to work out that way." That attitude has made Spinsanity a classic Internet success story, a site that's become famous by sheer expertise and hard work, leading to a book, "All the President's Spin," and a weekly newspaper column.
10/8/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on KTSA San Antonio to discuss campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin.
10/8/04: Ben Fritz appeared on KERA North Texas to discuss fact-checking campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin.
10/7/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on KMJI Cleveland to discuss campaign 2004 and All the President's Spin.
10/4/04: Bryan Keefer is quoted in a Copley News Service story on spin in the presidential campaign.
10/1/04: A column in the Sarasota Herald Tribune cites Spinsanity's work debunking distortions of job losses under President Bush.
9/30/04: The Philadelphia Inquirer recommends Spinsanity as a resource for viewers before the first presidential debate.
9/30/04: Jon Elliston reviews All the President's Spin in the Independent Weekly (Raleigh-Durham, NC), calling it "a detailed, extensively documented and surprisingly readable collection of reports that pull down the curtain on the White House's backroom spinmeisters."
9/29/04: Ben Fritz appeared on Eric Von's "The Evening Rush" on 1290 WMCS Milwaukee to discuss All the President's Spin.
9/28/04: Ben Fritz appeared on KXLU Los Angeles's "Centerstage" to discuss All the President's Spin.
9/26/04: Peter Ciancone recommends Spinsanity as a resource for voters in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.
9/25/04: A critical review of All the President's Spin appears in the Weekly Standard.
9/24/04: An article in the Oregonian mentions Spinsanity, All the President's Spin, and Bryan Keefer's appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," calling the site "scrupulously researched and passionately nonideological."
9/23/04: Ben Fritz appeared on WILL Urbana, Ill.'s "Afternoon Magazine" to discuss All the President's Spin.
9/23/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on ABC News Now to discuss his Washington Post article on young people and the media.
9/22/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on MSNBC's "Lester Holt Live" to discuss political spin.
9/21/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on WCCO Minneapolis to discuss All the President's Spin.
9/21/04: Bryan Keefer appears to discuss the controversy over the apparently forged documents presented by CBS on National Public Radio's "The Tavis Smiley Show."
9/20/04: Brendan Nyhan appears to discuss the controversy over the apparently forged documents presented by CBS on Newstalk 1010 CFRB in Toronto.
9/17/04: The Asheville Citizen-Times <"http://www.citizen-times.com/cache/article/editorial/61700.shtml">recommends Spinsanity as a resource for voters.
9/17/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on Regional News Network's "RNN Live" to discuss All the President's Spin.
9/14/04: Slate's Tim Noah mentions his article on Bryan Keefer and his dispute with the Service Employees International Union.
9/13/04: Ben Fritz appeared on UPN 13 News in Los Angeles to discuss All the President's Spin and campaign 2004.
9/13/04: All the President's Spin is reviewed in PR Week.
9/13/04: Bryan Keefer appears on National Public Radio's "The Connection" to discuss coverage of campaign 2004.
9/12/04: Nick Purdy, the publisher of Paste Magazine, recommends Spinsanity as one of his favorite sites in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
9/12/04: Chris Satullo, the editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, recommends Spinsanity to readers as a resource for sorting through poltiical spin.
9/12/04: Bryan Keefer publishes an article on media coverage of campaign 2004 from a young person's perspective in the Washington Post Outlook section.
9/10/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KSOO Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
9/9/04: Paul Abercrombie reviews All the President's Spin in the Tampa Tribune, comparing it to "having stumbled onto the secret manual revealing how a famous magician performs his seemingly impossible tricks."
9/8/04: All the President's Spin will appear at #29 on the New York Times extended bestseller list for paperback non-fiction (Sept. 19 edition).
9/8/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin and coverage of campaign 2004 on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show."
9/8/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WTAN Tampa's "Dummy's Voice."
9/7/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KHOW Denver's "Peter Boyles Show."
9/7/04: Bryan Keefer discussed the media strategies of the presidential candidates on CNNfn's "The Flipside."
9/5/04: Kevin Rennie recommends Spinsanity to readers in the Hartford Courant, saying it "deconstructs the bilge, nonsense and hype from the big stories of the day."
9/2/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin and President Bush's speech at the Republican convention on KDKA Pittsburgh.
9/2/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Westwood One Radio Network (syndicated).
8/31/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WGAN in Portland, Maine.
8/30/04: A Publisher's Weekly Online review calls All the President's Spin a "lucid critique" and a "passionate indictment" that is "[w]ell organized and heavily referenced."
8/29/04: All the President's Spin is cited in an article in the Austin American-Statesman.
8/27/04: Spinsanity is featured in a Press-Enterprise article on web sites that debunk spin (Riverside, CA).
8/27/04: A one-question interview with Brendan Nyhan appears in Duke University's Dialogues newsletter.
8/27/04: Ben Fritz is quoted in a New York Magazine story on OpinionJournal.com's James Taranto.
8/26/04: Ben Fritz is quoted in a Journal-News story (NY) on bloggers at the party conventions. The quote is picked up in The Hotline, an insider political newsletter.
8/26/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KLSD San Diego.
8/26/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WYLL Chicago's "Money & More."
8/26/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on NY1's "Inside City Hall."
8/25/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Air America Radio's "Majority Report."
8/24/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss his Columbia Journalism Review article on coverage of campaign 2004 on CNNfn.
8/24/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KMSR Dallas.
8/24/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine's "Weekly Signals".
8/24/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WJBC Bloomington.
8/23/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on on WHYY 91 FM Philadelphia with Marty Moss-Coane, host of "Radio Times" (10-11 AM EST)
8/22/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on "Airtalk" on KIRO 710 AM Seattle with Erin Hart, host of "Erin Hart Show."
8/21/04: Bradley J. Fikes recommends Spinsanity for "ruthlessly nonpartisan exposure of the current crop of political distortions" in the North County Times.
8/20/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on Fox News Radio's "Fox News Live with Alan Colmes."
8/20/04: Ben Fritz appeared on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."
8/20/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on the morning show of WCBS New York to discuss All the President's Spin.
8/19/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on "Airtalk" on KPCC Los Angeles.
8/19/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on K-NEWS Las Vegas.
8/19/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KKLA Los Angeles.
8/19/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on the "Free Speech Show" on KMPC Los Angeles.
8/17/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Wisconsin Public Radio with Joy Cardin, host of "Conversations with Joy Cardin."
8/17/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Talk 1340 in West Palm Beach with host Johnny Trumpet.
8/17/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Talk Radio News Service with host Ellen Ratner.
8/17/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spinon CN8 "Nitebeat," a New England cable news show.
8/16/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WALK Atlanta.
8/16/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WMSE's "Milwaukee Midweek."
8/16/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WXXI Rochester with Bob Smith, host of "1370 Connection with Bob Smith."
8/15/04: The panel Bryan Keefer moderated on "Blogs: The Future of Politics?" airs on C-SPAN.
8/13/04: Bryan Keefer is interviewed in Congressional Quarterly about All the President's Spin.
8/12/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." At the end of the interview, Stewart recommended the book to viewers:
What I really like about this book - and I have to tell you, I donít recommend books, because I'm on television and you're basically taking food out my baby's mouth. But I have to recommend this. It is an absolutely, I think, non-ideological, very well-researched case of how it's done. It's sort of like that Fox show, ďMagicianís Secrets Revealed.Ē And I really enjoyed it... All the Presidentís Spin - itís on the bookshelves now, you should really get ahold of it.
8/12/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WBAA Indianapolis with host Dan Skinner.
8/12/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WHAT Philadelphia with Reggie Bryant, host of "In Pursuit of Truth."
8/11/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Cable Radio Network with Mike Horn, host of "Cable Talk Nationwide.
8/11/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on National Public Radio with Joe Donohue of "The Round Table."
8/11/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on TPT Radio Networks with Tom Pope, host of "The Tom Pope Show."
8/10/04: Brendan Nyhan discussed All the President's Spin with Daria Albinger of ABC Radio in a syndicated interview.
8/10/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spinon Icicle Networks with Peter B. Collins, host of "All-American Talk Radio."
8/10/04: Bryan Keefer moderated a panel on "Blogs: The Future of Politics?" at the 92nd Street Y's Steinhardt Building in New York City.
8/9/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KKLA Los Angeles.
8/9/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on RK Radio Networks with Ruth Koscielak, host of "The Ruth Koscielak Show."
8/9/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin with Barry Lynn, host of "Cultureshocks," on on KCAA Los Angeles, WCBR in Tennessee and KGGM in Louisiana.
8/9/04: Brendan Nyhan is quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times story on Democratic Senate candidate Barrack Obama.
8/8/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on WIP Philadelphia with Peter Solomon, host of "WIP Sunday Magazine."
8/8/04: All the President's Spin is listed as a new book in paperback in the Chicago Tribune.
8/7/04: All the President's Spin is featured in Agence France Presse article on upcoming books that are critical of President Bush.
8/6/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KCMN Colorado Springs.
8/6/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Air America's "Morning Sedition."
8/4/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Media Tracks with Pat Reuter, host of "Viewpoints."
8/4/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Radio America's "Battle Line with Nathan Allen."
8/3/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on 55KRC Cincinatti's "The Morning Show."
8/3/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on USA Radio Network with Al Lerner and Richard Stevens, hosts of "Daybreak".
8/3/04: Bryan Keefer appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on Radio America with Jane Silk of The Jane Silk Show.
8/3/04: Ben Fritz appeared to discuss All the President's Spin on KVON Napa, CA with Jeff Schectman, host of "Morning Edition."
8/2/04: Ben Fritz was interviewed about All the President's Spin by Diego Mulligan, host of KSFR Santa Fe's "The Journey Home."
7/30/04: Brendan Nyhan is quoted in a Buffalo News story on the Democratic convention.
7/27/04: Bryan Keefer and Spinsanity are mentioned in a Hollywood Reporter article.
7/27/04: Spinsanity is listed as one of the "most popular blogs on the Web" and a "Political Must-Read" by CNN.com.
7/23/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on "Media Talk" with host Dave Berkman on Wisconsin Public Radio (Real Audio).
7/19/04: Bryan Keefer and Spinsanity are profiled in a Christian Science Monitor article.
7/17/04: A letter to the editor citing Brendan Nyhan's column on "Fahrenheit 9/11" is published in The Herald, a newspaper based in Glasgow, Scotland.
7/14/04: A letter to the editor citing Brendan Nyhan's column on "Fahrenheit 9/11" is published in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
7/9/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on the Air America Radio show "So What Else Is News?" with host Marty Kaplan.
7/6/04: Ben Fritz appeared on "The Jim Richards Show" on CFRB Toronto.
7/5/04: Bryan Keefer appeared on "The Al Rantel Show" on KABC Los Angeles with guest host Steve Young.
7/1/04: Bryan Keefer's article on media coverage of campaign 2004 appears in the Columbia Journalism Review.
7/1/04: A quote from Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan appears in a GQ feature in the July issue on "What Could You Use Bill Clinton for Right Now?
6/30/04: Ben Fritz appeared on "Louisiana Live" on the Louisiana Network.
6/30/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on "The Jerry Bowyer Show" on 1360 WPTT in Pittsburgh.
6/24/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on "The Marc Steiner Show" on WYPR Baltimore with guest host Mindy Mintz.
6/1/04: In a letter to the editor published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Media Matters for America CEO David Brock objects to Spinsanity's criticism of an article by his organization.
5/18/04: Vance Lehmkuhl, the online editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, mentions Spinsanity in an Editor & Publisher Online interview, writing that "Blogs also serve a previously unfilled need as media watchdogs and fact-checkers -- note how the Spinsanity boys are now part of the inside crowd with their shtick."
5/17/04: Writing in the St. Petersburg Times, Jules Allen recommends Spinsanity to readers:
"Fact" is a word you hear in politics that might be uttered almost as much as the overused "the American people." But facts have a way of biting back if they are misquoted or misused. They can be checked. If you're a stickler for dotted I's and crossed T's, you'll enjoy the living daylights out of this site that does a wonderful job of savaging everybody in sight. It's about time.
5/7/04: In an online column on filmmaker/author Michael Moore, The New Republic's Michelle Cottle recommends Spinsanity for "a detailed accounting of Moore's chronic fact fiddling."
4/21/04: Bryan Keefer's participation in a panel discussion on the media and politics at Columbia University is covered by the Columbia Daily Spectator.
4/16/04: Bryan Keefer made a second appearance on WYNC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." (Real Audio)
4/15/04: A letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer praises the newspaper for publishing Spinsanity.
4/14/04: Bryan Keefer was a guest on WYNC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." (Real Audio)
4/2/04: Ben Fritz was a guest on "The Jim Richards Show" on CFRB Toronto.
4/2/04: Brendan Nyhan discussed political weblogs on WHYY Philadelphia's "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane." (Real Audio)
3/31/04: PRWeek.com publishes an article on Spinsanity's forthcoming book All the President's Spin: George W. Bush, the Media and the Truth.
3/15/04: The Akron Beacon Journal story mentioning Spinsanity is picked up the Hotline, the insider political newsletter.
3/14/04: Spinsanity is cited in an Akron Beacon Journal story on websites covering politiical deception, which says Spinsanity "deflates hot air" in a sidebar.
3/13/04: The April 2004 issue of Reason includes an article that profiles Bryan Keefer and Spinsanity.
3/2/04: During an interview on CNNfn's "The Flipside" in his capacity as Assistant Managing Editor of Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk, Bryan Keefer recommended Spinsanity.
3/1/04: Slate includes Spinsanity in its list of Campaign 2004 links.
2/24/04: Bryan Keefer is interviewed on "Radio Times with Marty Moss Coane" on WHYY in Philadelphia (Real Audio).
2/19/04: Slate's Tim Noah mentions Bryan Keefer in an article on employees who voice political views publicly.
2/18/04: Brendan Nyhan appeared on "The Jerry Bowyer Show" on 1360 WPTT in Pittsburgh.
2/11/04: Bryan Keefer's work on Spinsanity is mentioned in an Online Journalism Review article on so-called "watchblogs."
2/2/04: WashingtonPost.com columnist Dan Froomkin cites Ben Fritz and Brendan Nyhan's post on the distortion of a quote from White House press secretary Scott McClellan by the Center for American Progress.
1/29/04: Spinsanity's post announcing the debut of its weekly Philadelphia Inquirer column is quoted in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
1/29/04: Spinsanity is cited in a Wall Street Journal article in a list of websites that offer "compelling political coverage" (subscription required).
1/28/04: A caller to "The Ronn Owens Show" on KGO 810 in San Francisco recommends Spinsanity; Owens says he's also looked at the site.
1/23/04: A Wisconsin State Journal article by Fred McKissack cites Spinsanity as a political weblog readers "might want to follow in the coming months," saying we fulfill our mission "very well" and "There are no sacred horses as they've taken whacks at everyone from President Bush and Sen. Edward Kennedy to Ann Coulter and Al Franken."
1/18/04: Spinsanity is cited as a place for citizens to shop for a president in an opinion column by Jeffry Scott in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Scott writes that our site "[d]issects candidates' double-speak, weasel-wording, backtracking, contradicting, as well as the press distortions of the campaign dialog."
1/15/04: Bryan Keefer's work on Spinsanity is mentioned in a New York Times article on the Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk, where Keefer now serves as assistant managing editor.
1/6/04: Brendan Nyhan is quoted in a column by Mark Glaser on Online Journalism Review about online political advocacy.
12/11/03: Mike Thomas notes Spinsanity's "[e]ven-handed dissection of political rhetoric" in the Chicago Sun-Times.
11/19/03: Author and columnist David Horowitz reportedly mentioned Spinsanity's articles on filmmaker/author Michael Moore during an appearance on Dennis Prager's nationally syndicated talk radio show.
11/19/03: In a column about Michael Moore in the British newspaper The Guardian, David Aaronovitch points readers to Spinsanity to find out more about how "Moore has been accused of serious inaccuracies of fact."
11/18/03: Boston Phoenix media critic Dan Kennedy cites Spinsanity as a site he visits regularly during an Online Journalism Review interview.
10/17/03: A caller to "The Ronn Owens Show" on KGO 810 in San Francisco recommends Spinsanity.
10/12/03: Spinsanity is mentioned in the Sunday Times of London review of Michael Moore's book Dude, Where's My Country?
10/2/03: Brendan Nyhan's column on the contradictions between the 2003 Economic Report of the President and statements by President Bush and other administration officials is cited in David Corn's book The Lies of George W. Bush.
9/4/03: Spinsanity is profiled in the Philadelphia City Paper by Jenn Carbin.
8/24/03: Patrick Weever cites Spinsanity in Britain's Observer newspaper as one of the most prominent websites dedicated to countering spin.
7/28/03: An interview with Spinsanity co-editor Brendan Nyhan about Ann Coulter's book Treason aired on Barry Lynn's radio show "Cultureshocks" on KCAA 1050 AM in Los Angeles.
Perhaps the most damning indictment of Coulter's book comes from Spinsanity.com, a nonpartisan media and political watchdog. (Coulter described it as a Democratic Web page, but the site has brought the hammer down on a number of liberals, including Al Gore and Michael Moore.)
In a June 30 analysis, Spinsanity co-editor Brendan Nyhan devoted 4,000 words to Coulter's "utter falsehoods and egregious factual misrepresentations" in her book. Nyhan says that Coulter misrepresents the reasons for Jimmy Carter's Nobel Prize, dredges up a highly questionable quote from President Clinton and suggests that two Democratic congressmen met with Saddam Hussein when the meeting never took place.
"Coulter makes at least five factual claims that are indisputably false," Nyhan writes.
Coulter says the Spinsanity charges are incorrect. "By the time you figure out what their complaints are, I think they're wrong," she said.
7/18/03: Spinsanity co-editor Ben Fritz is quoted in a Hartford Courant article about a liberal backlash against claims of media bias by conservatives. (The article was re-published July 23 in the Duluth News-Tribune.)
7/2/03: In an appearance on the syndicated radio program "Fox Live with Alan Colmes," Ann Coulter responded to the charges Brendan Nyhan raised in his column on her book Treason when asked about them by Colmes.
6/23/03: Spinsanity is recommended in a letter to the editor printed in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
6/20/03: Spinsanity was named one of the blogs that has the most influence on the media based on a survey conducted by Mark Glaser of Online Journalism Review, including a citation by Andrew Sullivan as the tenth most influential.
6/18/03: Clive Davis cites our work criticizing filmmaker/author Michael Moore in the Times of London, writing that "[t]he studiously non-partisan political fact-checkers at Spinsanity.org have lambasted the reliability of the big man in the baseball cap."
6/7/03: Brendan Nyhan's column on Maureen Dowd's creation of a media myth about President Bush is cited in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial.
6/5/03: Brendan Nyhan is quoted in Mark Glaser's Online Journalism Review story on the role of weblogs and transcripts in debates over the accuracy of quotations.
5/24/03: The show "Fox News Live" on the Fox News Channel runs the following teaser graphic for a story on Maureen Dowd's repetition of a distorted quote about President Bush: "Distroted quotes. Spinsanity. com has been tracking this kind of misinformation. Spinsanity. com has identified numerous new orgs that have picked up on Dowd's version, including CNN and MSNBC. Rebecca Gomez reporting."
5/21/03: The Associated Press piece on the announcement of the winners in the 2003 Paul Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on News Coverage competition -- including Spinsanity's Brendan Nyhan -- is picked up by the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Times-Picayaune in New Orleans. [Tulsa World in Oklahoma also ran the story the next day.]
5/6/03: Spinsanity is lauded in a Chicago Sun-Times column by Andy Ihnatko, who recommends us as one of the blogs he reads every day.
4/10/03: The Black and White City Paper of Birmingham, Alabama runs an article by Ben Fritz criticizing the distortions and deceptions in Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" in light of the film's Academy Award for best documentary.
4/8/03: The Christian Science Monitor's online roundup of news about the war in Iraq recommends Spinsanity as a source for cutting through media spin.
3/27/03: Ben Fritz's work debunking "Bowling for Columbine" is cited in The New Republic.
3/25/03: Spinsanity is featured for the second time in the Web Watch column of the The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida.
3/22/03: Bryan Keefer's post on the administration's misrepresentation of a Blue Chip Economic Forecast report is cited in The American Prospect's Devil in the Details section.
3/22/03: Brendan Nyhan is quoted in Chris Mooney's American Prospect article on a liberal communications consulting firm called the FrameWorks Institute.
3/21/03: Ben Fritz is cited in John Fund's Political Diary on OpinionJournal.com for his work analyzing the distortions in Michael Moore's film "Bowling for Columbine."
3/11/03: Syndicated columnist Bruce Bartlett cites Brendan Nyhan's column on contradictions between the 2003 Economic Report of the President and statements by President Bush and other top administration officials.
3/11/03: Bryan Keefer is quoted in a Human Resource Executive story on blogging in the workplace.
3/9/03: Ben Fritz is one of seven commentators interviewed for a Baltimore Sun story that asks "Is it anti-American to be anti-war?"
2/27/03: Ben Fritz appeared on the Brad Messer show on KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio to discuss filmmaker/author Michael Moore.
2/18/03: Spinsanity is cited in the summary of Dana Milbank's Washington Post story in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
2/16/03: The Washington Post's Dana Milbank cites Brendan Nyhan's column on contradictions between the 2003 Economic Report of the President and statements by President Bush and other top administration officials as a primary source. [This is reprinted in the Nashville Tennessean on February 18th.]
12/5/02: Terry Neal cites Bryan Keefer's column on attacks on Tom Daschle's patriotism in his Talking Points column for WashingtonPost.com, writing that "[s]uch liberal Web sites as Spinsanity and The Daily Howler have taken the mainstream media to task for not reporting the extent of Limbaugh's comments."
12/4/02: Andrew Sullivan links to Ben Fritz's column on Al Gore and the debate over his comments about the media.
12/4/02: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Gene Lyons cites our criticism of Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Tom Daschle in his column.
11/28/02: Syndicated columnist Bill Press (who also co-hosts MSNBC's "Buchanan & Press") cites Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan's post on Rush Limbaugh getting a pass from the media, calling Spinsanity "the only Web site that cuts through the daily spin from both sides." (To read it, go to his Tribune Media Service homepage and select the 11/28 column from the pull-down menu.)
11/24/02: In a review of Michael Moore's one-man show in the Washington Times, Clive Davis states that "[s]ome of the most detailed critiques of the book [Moore's Stupid White Men] can found at spinsanity.com - further proof that some of the liveliest journalism being written today is to be found outside the pages of the mainstream press."
11/22/02: Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz cites an email he received from Brendan Nyhan in his online Media Notes column and links to Bryan Keefer's article on recent attacks on Tom Daschle's patriotism.
11/12/02: White House Weekly excerpts Brendan Nyhan's column on Bush administration dissembling.
10/16/02: Our criticism of Michael Moore's factual deception and inaccuracies is cited in a San Francisco Weekly review of Moore's new film "Bowling for Columbine". [reprinted in a number of alternative weeklies nationwide]
10/13/02: Ben Fritz is quoted extensively in a Newhouse News Service story about filmmaker/author Michael Moore and his critics.
10/4/02: Andrew Sullivan links to Ben Fritz's post on Al Gore's recent falsehoods, calling it "[a] devastating little dissection of his recent opportunism and deception from the centrist writers at Spinsanity."
10/2/02: In his online Media Notes column, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz links to Brendan Nyhan's post on the mis-reporting of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's speech, writing that "[t]he Web site Spinsanity says plenty of news outlets blew the reporting on Tom Daschle's outburst."
9/5/02: Timothy Noah revisits "l'affaire Keefer" in Slate.
9/3/02: Bryan Keefer is featured in an article by Slate's Timothy Noah on workers being fired for their political beliefs.
6/18/02: Brendan Nyhan's post on President Bush's brazen repetition of a fictitious campaign story is cited in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
6/11/02: Ben Fritz's column on the battle to define the Social Security issue is cited in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
5/30/02: Ben Fritz's post on the GOP's phony "job performance rating" for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is cited in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
5/13/02: Spinsanity is cited in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) as part of the online alternative press collection of a local college.
5/7/02: Bryan Keefer's post on the marketing of the phrase "Enron conservatives" is cited in the insider political newsletter The Hotline.
Whether you love Moore for blasting the "Thief-in-Chief" or adore him for bashing Clinton and paying dues to the NRA, he's still guilty, as Ben Fritz's stiletto review in Salon demonstrated, of being "One Moore Stupid White Man," because "Moore gets his facts wrong again and again, and a simple check of the sources he cites shows that lazy research is often to blame."
4/30/02: Ben Fritz's post on the Democratic Social Security offensive is quoted in the insider political newsletter The Hotline under the heading "Oh, the Spinsanity".
4/25/02: Andrew Sullivan links to Brendan Nyhan's post on Al Gore's Earth Day speech.
4/22/02: Bryan Keefer tapes an interview for the nationally syndicated "The Environment Show" about rhetoric in the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (it airs during the following week).
4/21/02: Writing in the Los Angeles Times opinion section, Gale Holland cites Ben Fritz's articles on Michael Moore's new book.
4/15/02: Marylaine Block recommends Spinsanity as a resouce for students in the April 15 issue of netConnect, an Internet supplement to Library Journal (as well as School Library Journal).
4/11/02: Ben Fritz's column on Michael Moore's new book is discussed on "Fox Special Report With Brit Hume":
HUME: "Stupid White Men," the book by left-wing activist Michael Moore, which has topped the New York Times' best-seller list is being challenged for both its originality and accuracy. The book contains a list of what it calls 48 dubious achievements of President Bush, but salon.com has found the list virtually identical to one called The Bush Wall of Shame that is written by California political activist Kirsten Sellberg for an anti- protest out there last May.
4/11/02: Andrew Sullivan asks sarcastically if he will be "flamed by Spinsanity for being overly concerned with correcting [himself]?"
4/5/02: Andrew Sullivan links to Ben Fritz's column on Michael Moore's new book.
3/13/02: Brendan Nyhan's article on the recurring myth that Ken Lay stayed at the Lincoln Bedroom of the Clinton White House is linked on media insider site Jim Romenesko's Media News and extensively excerpted in The Hotline, National Journal's insider political briefing.
3/8/02: Our work exposing the Ken Lay/Lincoln Bedroom myth is cited in an editorial in The Ledger (a newspaper in Lakeland, Florida).
3/7/02: In a post titled "Kudos to Keefer" on The Corner, National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru calls Bryan Keefer's correction "[a]wfully gracious" (see below). He also writes, "when I said that Spinsanity tilted mildly to the Left, I did not mean to imply that they ignore deceptive spin from liberals and Democrats--they have run several excellent pieces that debunk such spin."
3/6/02: On The Corner, National Review Online's collaborative weblog, Ramesh Ponnuru writes that "[m]uch of the time" we do our job "well, albeit with a mild left-wing spin", but points out that Bryan Keefer's October 1 column mischaracterized a National Review article of his. (The sentence in question has been removed and a correction appended to the end of the column.)
3/2/02: St. Paul Pioneer Press media columnist Brian Lambert cites our tracking of the Ken Lay/Lincoln Bedroom myth in his column.
2/23/02: Our distribution agreement with Salon.com is cited in an article on bloggers in Canada's National Post.
2/21/02: Kate Silver of the Las Vegas Weekly profiles Spinsanity and co-editor Brendan Nyhan, who served as US Senate candidate Ed Bernstein's deputy communications director in Nevada during the 2000 election cycle.
2/7/02: Ellen McCarthy profiles Spinsanity in a column on DC-based opinion websites in the Washington Post.
1/15/02: Chris Mooney references Brendan Nyhan's analysis of an attack on Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle pioneered by Rush Limbaugh in the February 11 print edition of the American Prospect, citing "[the] 'illegitimacy attack,' as the rhetoric-tracking Web site Spinsanity.com has called it."
1/12/02: Spinsanity is featured on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" -- to watch the phone interview with Ben Fritz, open the Real Player video of the show and forward it to 26 minutes into the clip. (Note: Ben misspoke when discussing our monthly traffic -- it has ranged between approximately 30,000-40,000 unique visitors per month since October.)
1/8/02: Ben Fritz's cited in the magazine Insight on the News.
12/14/01: Andrew Sullivan praises Ben Fritz's post on liberal spin regarding Enron and the administration and writes that "Spinsanity has some cred here since they really are bipartisan bullshit detectors, and have taken me down a mini-peg or two in the past."
12/9/01: Spinsanity is featured in the Web Watch column of the The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida.
11/29/01: The November 30 issue of the Washington City Paper features a Press Corpse column by Richard Byrne profiling Spinsanity. After reviewing the site's early history, Byrne writes: "Starting in July, the trio's aim became at once more balanced and more lethal."
11/22/01: The December issue of Washingtonian magazine includes a profile of us by Joshua Green titled "Watchdog Website Debunks the Spin of DC's Politicos and Pundits". Green writes:
Not every dot-com is suffering. But if it helps if success isn't measured only in dollars, as at the Web site Spinsanity.com.
"Our goal is to have as much say in the public debate as possible," says Brendan Nyhan, 23, who launched the site in April with friends Bryan Keefer, 23, and Ben Fritz, 24, to protest the low level of political discourse that surrounded the 2000 presidential election.
Spinsanity.com's aim is "countering rhetoric with reason." In daily posts, its authors specialize in exposing political spin from politicians and journalists and offering a smart take on issues. The site's traffic has jumped from 400 people in April - "pretty much only friends and family," says Nyhan - to 40,000 in October, including reporters at major newspapers and magazines, and radio and TV commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Bill Press.
(Clarification: The article states that "a column pondering a right-wing conspiracy against Senate majority leader Tom Daschle prompted an extended [radio talk show host Rush] Limbaugh rant" and lists Limbaugh as a reader. We actually don't know that Limbaugh has read our work directly -- when he mentioned us, he is reading from Chris Mooney's article, which cites our work [see below]. Green is referring to the fact that Limbaugh criticized aspects of the Mooney piece that draw directly on our analysis.)
11/19/01: Bryan Keefer's column on the distortion of President Clinton's Georgetown speech is linked on media insider site Jim Romenesko's Media News.
9/1/01: Chris Mooney of The American Prospect mentions us and our role in documenting Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal".
7/9/01: We are prominently featured in Salon.com Red vs. Blue - "Vast right-wing conspiracy, redux" by Anthony York.
7/9/01: We are featured in the political insider newsletter The Hotline as part of a summary of Chris Mooney's article (see below).
7/5/01: Rush Limbaugh reads much of Chris Mooney's article (see below) on air, including all three Spinsanity citations, and then criticizes it.
7/3/01: We are cited as a major source in "The Secret War on Tom Daschle" by Chris Mooney in The American Prospect Online.
Spinsanity in the news - book citations
2004: In his book Wake Up, You're Liberal!, Ted Rall criticizes Spinsanity as one of several "widely disseminated media outlets," along with The New Republic and Slate, that are "conservative outfits that assume a liberal cloak." Rall also cites Brendan Nyhan's March 4, 2002 column as a reference.
2004: In his book The Republican Noise Machine, David Brooks cites Spinsanity's articles on a supposed voter fraud plan by the Democratic Socialists of America, the myth that the National Educational Association told teachers not to blame Sept. 11 on Al Qaeda, Sean Hannity's book Let Freedom Ring, Michael Savage's book The Savage Nation, and Bill O'Reilly's repeated misquotation of guest Jeremy Glick. He also lists Spinsanity as one of the source he relied on his acknowledgments.
2003: Brendan Nyhan's columns debunking the myth that the National Educational Association told teachers not to blame Sept. 11 on Al Qaeda are cited in Weapons of Mass Deception by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber (p. 151).
2003: We are cited twice in Al Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and also listed as one of a number of "great resources."
2003: Joe Conason lists us as one of the "sources and inspirations" for chapter 2 of his book Big Lies and acknowledged us on p. 234, noting that our "even-handed critiques have included [his] work on occasion."
2003: In his book What Liberal Media?, Eric Alterman cites four Spinsanity articles in the main text and lists five additional Spinsanity articles as sources in his footnotes (some receive multiple citations).
2002: Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman cite Brendan Nyhan's column debunking the myth that former Enron CEO Ken Lay slept in the Lincoln Bedroom of the Clinton White House in their book The Press Effect.
2001: Bill Press, the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire", recommends us to his readers in his book Spin This! All the Ways We Don't Tell the Truth on pages 83-84:
You don't really have to search hard to find evidence of political spin. Just read any newspaper, watch any newscast, listen to any speech or news conference. But there is one special source I recommend: a Web site called Spinsanity.com. Its editors wade through the sea of possibilities and select a few outstanding examples of spin by both Democrats and Republicans to highlight and dissect every day or so. You can even sign up for an e-mail alerting you to the latest outrages. Check it out.