If you're old enough, you'll remember this phrase. Basically, it's the same as speaking from both sides of the mouth in order to spin lies. Take any major headline and from day to day, the contradictions are amazing.
One moment the American economy is improving, then they announce that the economy contracted. One day China's economy is on the upswing, then they announce a downturn. One day they say that the EU economic outlook is good, then they announce the highest ever unemployment rate. Do you think that those who wield economic influence are trying to paint a rosy economic outlook in the face of worsening economic conditions. One the data is revealed, the reality often contradicts the spin.
To a degree, the economic powers understand that perception is everything. Make people think all is well and the consumer will spend and make them more money. But, I can't help but wonder if people may be catching on to this game. Despite the best efforts of the rich, consumer confidence is down. Stories of the effects of austerity measures in Europe, and their devastating consequences, can no longer be sweetened up in the age of the internet.
The same is true with a host of issues, including climate change. For the longest time, the fight was over data which the average person couldn't verify or refute. But now, we all have seen the consequences of climate change. From droughts to rampaging storms; extreme heat to extreme cold, we have all experienced the fact that things are not in balance with Mother Nature. The 'spin doctors' can't hide the lack of breathable air in China, the devastation of Sandy, or millions of dead fish on the beaches.
It is said that knowledge is power. Not true. It is the use of knowledge that brings power.