Spin is a documentary produced by a guy named Brian Springer. Most of it appears to have been produced during the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns.
What Mr. Springer did was watch and tape over 500 hours of raw satellite feeds. That means the things that go on before a candidate goes on the air, the things that a reporter says before they go on “real” TV, and things said when the rest of us are looking at commercials.
It is a fairly damning, if not suprising, slam on the media and campaigners. You get to see them trying to spin the news in real time, consulting offscreen advisors often for a bit of coaching while the little red light is not on their camera.
Larry King looks like a self absobed putz, kissing whoever’s ass happens to be in his guest seat. It is really nauseating.
Clinton and Gore, and their team, appear manipulative but savvy.
George H.W. Bush looks like he was just ready to go back to Kennebunk.
Pat Robertson looks like a mean, small man who has a passing knowledge of the teachings of Jesus, at best.
It is very interesting and well done. It does run close to an hour, and I watched it over the course of two nights. If you are interested in spin, or just politics in general, this is a great behind the scenes look at an aspect of the media and politics we rarely get to see.