News spiking

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To spike a news story is to "kill" it by choosing not to run it. The metaphor refers to placing pieces of paper on a spike. In particular, spiking is often used to describe news stories that are suppressed for political or deceitful motives, biasing the news by reporting only what supports a particular agenda. As an example, Newsweek editors chose to bury the story of the scandalous affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that they had uncovered. The story was later made public by the Drudge Report.

Arnaud de Borchgrave, former chief editor of The Washington Times, wrote a novel called The Spike in which spiking figures heavily.

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