Originally Posted by zoltan
One man's spin is another man's policy advocacy?
But policy decisions are made (well, by people who aren't incompetent, which is probably a minority) by the outcome or range of outcomes and the decision maker's value judgment about those outcomes. Trying to influence his value judgments is fine. Trying to influence his perception of the what the outcome(s) are is just lying.
I mean if you're ok with me categorizing such things as attempts to dishonestly manipulate the incompetent, and you're ok with it because that's what everybody does with everything, and it's impossible for anything else to work as long as most decision makers are either incompetent or unwilling to fact-check the necessary figures themselves, then there's not much disagreement.