Immediately following is a current example of one variation of a political spin story:
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy Wallman and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory.On the back of the picture that Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: “Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted, and hanged in 1889.”
So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
Speed and convenience of the ‘net have made numerous permutations possible. Examples of aliases include Remus Reid, Remus Rodham, Gunther Gore, Chadsworth Bush, and Robert Biden. Follow the logic and it’s easy to find them attached politicians.
Targets have always been politicians. So far we haven’t seen Billy Graham mentioned, but it could happen. (More appropriately the quasi religious personality, Joel Osteen would be named.)
NOW THAT's how it's done, Folks! That's real POLITICAL SPIN !!