Spinning the Spin War

U.S. politicians are debating the effectiveness of the "propaganda front in the war on terrorism." Republicans say the White House is on the right track and "about to go into even higher gear," but Bill Press, former chairman of the California Democratic Party and author of the book, Spin This, says the Bush administration's propaganda has been inept and is "losing the spin war" in the Muslim world. The two sides can't even agree on how well the administration handled the bin Laden tape. Republicans say the White House delayed releasing the tape to build interest and convince people of its authenticity, while Press says the delay "just increased doubts in some quarters about the tape's validity."