[Edprof] election polling Web site

abechtel at email.unc.edu abechtel at email.unc.edu
Tue Sep 9 09:43:46 PDT 2008

> I¹m also curious what people think of this new site, on Romenesko yesterday:
> New website claims it can spot bias in news stories
> BusinessWeek
> "If the service takes off -- a big if -- SpinSpotter has the potential to
> clarify issues in the existing ecosystem of news -- and make serious
> mischief within it," writes Jon Fine.

Fred Vultee has a good critique of SpinSpotter here:


Among other things, its creators don't seem to understand the passive voice.

Andy Bechtel
Assistant professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
UNC-Chapel Hill

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