Spin-room politics…

Howard Kurtz takes a look at the spin-room situation following the debate between Gray Davis and Bill Simon Jr. in the race for governor of California. What transpired is a case study in press-politics interaction and the continued degradation of civic discourse.

UPDATE (10:10 a.m.): More on this situation from The Mercury News and The Oakland Tribune.

UPDATE (10:30 a.m.): This photo allegedly shows California Gov. Gray Davis (left) accepting an illegal contribution in 1998. His opponent in the governor’s race, Bill Simon, claimed the photo was taken in Davis’ state office. Davis disputes this charge. Simon has backed off the claim.