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Deadly Spin

An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

by Wendell Potter

Deadly Spin
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    Nov 2010, 288 pages
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    Sep 2011, 304 pages

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Stacey Brownlie

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An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans

Wendell Potter's story not only initiated a strong, emotional response, but his words also reignited my passion for fact checking. I wasn't surprised to connect easily with the primary topic; as someone who does not receive health insurance through my employer, I know first-hand some of the challenges and flaws of American health care. Less expected were the memories the book kindled of my undergraduate days. I remember reading in my introductory public relations textbook about the importance of ethical behavior. And I remember wondering, even then, whether it was realistic to believe that most PR professionals would take such care and whether the Public Relations Society of America's standards were, in practice, more like suggestions. Reading Wendell Potter's story brought up many of these same questions.

Potter's career path is evidence of his talent. He was the first in ...

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