A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 27, 2012
Spokes-tool (spokesman/spokesperson + tool)

"Spokes-tool” or “spokestool” (spokesman/spokesperson + tool) is a term used by those who believe that a spokesperson is making nonsensical, overly subservient points. The “spokes-tool” term is often directed at the White House Press Secretary, the spokesperson for the executive branch of government.

“Spokes-tool” has been cited in print since at least 2002. “Spokeshole” has been cited in print since at least 2002. Other nicknames for a spokesman/spokesperson include “spokes-hack,” “spokeshole,” “spokes-idiot,” and “spokes-liar.”


Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
spokes·man noun \ˈspōks-mən\
Definition of SPOKESMAN
: a person who speaks as the representative of another or others often in a professional capacity
Origin of SPOKESMAN
probably irregular from spoke, obsolete past participle of speak
First Known Use: 1537

spokes·per·son noun \-ˌpər-sən\
Definition of SPOKESPERSON
: spokesman
First Known Use of SPOKESPERSON
1972

Wikipedia: White House Press Secretary
The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the government administration.

The Press Secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president’s administration and issues the administration’s reactions to developments around the world. The Press Secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing.

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danharlow
Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 1:49 pm
(...)
Anyway I’m no spokestool for “the man” but I hope you have luck finding what’s right for you.

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Eat Dirt
2/10/03
(...)
Given that the US media is nothing more than a spokestool for the US govnt., it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s just more of the propaganda the US govnt. is trying to throw at us and is using the media in order to make us buy it.

Democratic Underground
Canuckistanian
Sat Jun-24-06 10:30 AM
23. Is that “spokes-tool” or “spoke-stool”?
Either way, good description. Do they ever have guest on whose memories DON’T begin in January, 2001?

Hot Air
WH spokestool: We’re all about free elections and the “democratic process” — in Honduras
posted at 10:01 pm on July 1, 2009 by Allahpundit
In which frequent Megyn Kelly sparring partner Bill Burton steals a page from Susan Rice and ignores the screaming contradiction between The One’s outrage at Honduras and non-outrage at Iran.

The Daley Gator
July 17, 2012
Why I have ZERO respect for spokestools like Stephanie Cutter
by Gatordoug
I loathe people like Cutter, they are what I call walk behinders. they get paid to lie, even when everyone knows they are lying. Apparently they are OK with being no more than a puppet. To me they are at the bottom of the barrel of political trash. Sorry, I suppose that is harsh, but it is the truth! How can any person, with even a hint of self-respect, decency or integrity do what she, and those like her do? You could call them whores, but that would insult whores who actually serve some purpose!

Ace of Spades HQ
July 26, 2012
Obama Spokestool Jay Carney Has Another Bad Day At The Office
First, Jake Tapper asks Carney, how is not taking more money from people in taxes “a give away”.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Friday, July 27, 2012 • Permalink