As you all know by now MSNBC announced yesterday that in an effort to shake accusations of liberal bias it would replace Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory during live political events. Could this have been avoided? Maybe if they’d been able to use this new Spinspotter website on themselves they could have reined it all in before it was too late. Or not. It’s hard to argue with ratings, and anyway notwithstanding one or two somewhat offensive Hillary remarks we have a soft spot for Chris Matthews — is there a more sincere person on television?
But back to the spin. SpinSpotter, which just went live yesterday, allows you to download a desktop application called spinoculars that will scan the websites you read for “areas of news that appear to present editorial opinion as fact.” We’re going to give it a whirl and come back to you in the next few days with our findings. Anyone want to guess what the editorial spin of a Gossip Girls fansite is?