Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media Hardcover – 7 Feb 2008
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'...his main point - that such a reading is less and less possible in our press - is important, vital, urgent. -- Financial Times
'...if read by enough journalists, Flat Earth News might act as a wake-up call' -- Irish Times
'Meticulous, fair-minded and utterly gripping...' -- Daily Telegraph
'This is an important book.' -- Herald
`meticulously researched and fascinating, if gloomy' -- Observer
`mostly indispensable' -- The Times
`this timely rallying call is essential reading - for those who write newspapers as well as those who read them' -- Metro
'Flat Earth News surprises... and shocks' -- The Oldie
'his wide-ranging investigation of the shortcomings of the global and British media ... a careful, brilliant and instinctive reporter'
-- Independent Scotsman
'this timely rallying call is essential reading - for those who write newspapers as well as those who read them'
Explosive, controversial and timely - award-winning investigative journalist Nick Davies exposes the shocking corruption of today's media.See all Product description
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The book is getting on for five years old now and it contains a fascinating history of the decline of the press over the last couple of decades. I think it is important to understand that history to appreciate why things are the way they are today. I marvelled at the well-researched and discomfiting revelations about certain individuals who were actively involved in that decline. But most shocking of all is the level of manipulation, distortion and outright mendacity in what most of us still call "news", even when it comes from the most respected and influential sources. My only reservation is that while the main argument in the book is still current I think it should be brought up to date with additional, more recent examples to support it. However, it is still a valuable resource, one which cannot fail to change your point of view if you are still labouring under the notion that you get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
How can you believe what serious stuff you do read after it's been infected by PR, censored, distorted, minimised and disproportioned.
The book is initially hard going, it's dense with example and detail. About half way through it starts to really grip you. The most frightening question of course is that if the public is so manipulated by the media, what else are the Masters of the Universe up to under cover of media management. Remember that quote 'a good day to bury bad news' - everything gets so filtered - 'corrected' by the time it gets on the mat.
What's the real truth about; global warming, the Israel/Palestinian conflict, Immigration, the nuclear threat from north Korea, the real danger of drug taking. Why don't the papers tell us what a mess things really are. Why don't they say alcohol is as dangerous as heroin, why don't they tell us straight what an abuse these large establisment institutions really are-the banks, the church, the monarchy, the police. Why don't they remind us that one third of global product is traded through tax-free offshore accounts. Read this and find out.
We got conned over Iraq, probably over the Faulklands. What's next? - Iran, Pakistan, just the same old propaganda making things happen and letting them get through the critical net. Why can't we get real hard information that leads to real good decisions. An important, depressing and illuminating read.
Sure, you read a story in The Sun, or The Daily Mail, and take it with a pinch of salt. But what about The Sunday Times? The Independent? The Observer? BBC News?
This will change the way you read the news and make you take into account so much more than the story is portraying. Who really wrote that story in the Evening Standard? Where did that survey in the Express come from?
Some of the book relies heavily on anecdotal evidence. But there is also a very sharp, and deep analytical process in explaining the way news gets from its source to you, the reader.
Do you read newspapers? Do you watch the news? Then you need to read this book!
Why is this happening? Money! The root of all evil! Corporations have taken over newsrooms globally and now a handful control what we see and hear from mainstream media.
If ever there was a case for the alternative media this is it. I really didn't understand quite how bad journalism has become until I read this. Highly recommended.