Flat Earth News An Award-Winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media

ISBN-10: 0099512688
ISBN-13: 9780099512684
Edition: 2009
Authors: Nick Davies
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 5/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.660

'Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.' When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.Working with a network of off-the-record sources, Davies uncovered the story of the prestigious Sunday newspaper which allowed the CIA and MI6 to plant fiction in its columns; the newsroom which routinely rejects stories about black people; the respected paper that hired a professional fraudster to set up a front company to entrap senior political figures; the newspapers which support law and order while paying cash bribes to bent detectives. Davies names names and exposes the national stories which turn out to be pseudo events manufactured by the PR industry, and the global news stories which prove to be fiction generated by a new machinery of international propaganda. He shows the impact of this on a world where consumers believe a mass of stories which, in truth, are as false as the idea that the Earth is flat - from the millennium bug to the WMD in Iraq - tainting government policy, perverting popular belief. He presents a new model for understanding news. With the help of researchers from Cardiff University, who ran a ground-breaking analysis of our daily news, Davies found most reporters, most of the time, are not allowed to dig up stories or check their facts - a profession corrupted at the core.Read All About It. The news will never look the same again.

Prologue
Flat Earth Stories
The Bug that Ate the World
The News Factory
The Workers
The Suppliers
The Rules of Production
Hidden Persuaders
The Private Life of Public Relations
The Propaganda Puzzle
Inside Stories
The Dark Arts
Insight into the Sunday Times
The Blinded Observer
Mail Aggression
Epilogue
Index

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