Political Spin

  Kouka 21:41 09 Nov 2007

I am a big fan of the ‘Great James Randi’ (an elderly magician for you young folks) especially in relation to his latest exploits in exposing the scams of the great and famous. Uri Geller et al. This little snippet has appeared in his latest update on his website. It could have come out of the Alistair Campbell Book of Spin. It reads:

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Remus Rodham; 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.

Judy e-mailed Hillary Clinton for comments. Hillary's staff of Professional Image Adjusters sent back the following biographical sketch:

Remus Rodham 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 service at a government facility, 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. (End)

That little story would bring joy to Alistair's heart.
I hope it has occurred to you all that this superb piece of political spin is in fact fictitious. Ring any bells?

  Kev.Ifty 22:28 09 Nov 2007

That is brilliant.

"Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed" His Hanging!!

I wished I could write like that.

Great 'post'. Your's not Remus' lol

(post- A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support)

  Stuartli 23:31 09 Nov 2007

This tale has been around for a while now...:-)

  Forum Editor 08:26 10 Nov 2007

circulating in America, none of them are in any way true, but people still fall for them.

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