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Ns; the newsroom that 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; as well as a number of newspapers that pay cash bribes to bent detectives His research also exposes a range of national stories that were in fact pseudo events manufactu. Interesting depressing and a little repetitive Worth a read but the writing style is dull and becomes a chore after the first few chapters

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Flat Earth News An Award winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media

After years of working as a respected journalist Nick Davies broke the unwritten rule of the media by investigating the practices of his fellow colleagues In this eye opening exposé Davies uncovers an industry awash in corruption and bias His findings include the story of a prestigious Sunday newspaper that allowed the CIA to plant fiction in its colum. Media outlets pick easy stories with safe facts and safe ideas clustering around official sources for protection reducing everything they touch to simplicity without understanding recycling consensus facts and ideas regardless of their validity because that is what the punters expect joining any passing moral panic obsessively covering the same stories as their competitors Arbitrary unreliable and conservative this flow of falsehood and distortion through the news factory is clearly being manipulated by the overt world of PR and the covert world of intelligence and strategic communications the boundaries of acceptability have slowly slipped backward what was scandalous is now merely normal Somewhere out there the truth is dying pp 255 256A highly recommended read and a good companion to Knightfall Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy at Risk and Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done To Fix It

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Red by the public relations industry and global news stories that were fiction generated by a machinery of international propaganda The degree to which the media industry has affected government policy and perverted popular belief is also addressed Gripping and thought provoking this is an insider’s look at one of the world’s most tainted profession. Hopelessly late in reading this but Nick Davies Flat Earth News is probably true now than it was when published first in 2008 before the great culmination of scandals that brought down the Sun and threatened the Murdoch media empireDavies argues that by the establishment of media empires in the 1980 and 1990s there started a trend towards rationalisation of news production Budgets were lowered fewer journalists were reuired to produce news This has led to a decline in the uality of journalism as there is not enough time to check facts and dig beyond what is delivered to themNews is now delivered by press agencies with similarly reduced staff but increasingly directly by PR organisations from the government interest organisations companies and intelligence agencies Davies notes that the time is fast approaching where PR personnel outnumbers the journalistsPR people have become much better at offering journalists ready made news items Political press officers provide Sound bites arrange exclusive interviews and plant scoops Interest groups selectively uote mine scientific reports to support their arguments Businesses subsidise related research that draws headlines so that their message gets across This is just what allows journalist short of time to meet their expected levels of productivityThe lack of time available has led to several sub trends picking stories whichAre easy to process So only give the facts not the contextCarry low risk They come from trusted sources like the government don t offend those powerfulwealthy enough to sue you or block your access to new stories present both sides of the story as is they are eual It also means that news media tend to hunt in packs because a story published elsewhere is a safe source Esepecially when there s a moral panicAre guaranteed to sell So no news from far off places that nobody cares about but endless celebrity gossip And nothing that challenges the preconceptions of your audienceThe most interesting development is the support of astro turf organisations that is fake grassroots organisations supported by companies or intelligence agencies Look for instance at the many patients representation groups supported by the pharmaceutical industry and non representative expatriate organisations like the Irai National Council Or the dubious think tanks and research establishments used by the oil industry to sow doubt about climate changeMost worrying is that the intelligence agencies have found their way to the newsrooms as well It is not entirely new as Cold War agencies also had their journalistic assets conduits through which they could convey their message Or undermine the credibility of someone who lifted the lid on them But since the 1990s they have used their information monopoly to steer reporters in their desired directions Their power is as big as those of the independent press agencies The War in Ira being a case in pointDavies chapter on The Observer shows how the CIA led reporters astray by misinforming them through the Irai National Council while the political editor was bagged by Downing Street But the chapters on other newspapers are as chilling and depressing especially the collusion with private investigators and policemen that bug phones gather private information from protected databases and harrass victims to get their side of the story even when all they want is to be left aloneTragically it seems that this book has not been able to change much although I can see an undercurrent of journalists trying to wrest away from Big Media And judging by the results of the Leveson Inuiry and the opposition from the media to its conclusions I have no confidence that it will prove than a dint in the trend let alone a break It would be nice to say that this trend is only confined to the UK or the anglo saxon media but there s enough signs that it also applies to the Netherlands Joris Luyendijk writing about the same time showed the weakness of foreign correspondents in the Middle East He argued that in countries with hardly any room for independent public opinion lacking social scientific research or even opinion polls if not controlled by security services how could the foreign correspondent really know what people felt And when you cover such a large and diverse region you end up doing a standup from your hotel roof 30 minutes after you d flown in based on nothing than what you got from the newsroom and a uick chat with your taxi driver on the way in from the airport But his criticism of the work of foreign correspondents was met as much by indignant replies from his colleagues as by others commending him for his bravery to be open about the limitations of his job


10 thoughts on “Flat Earth News An Award winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media

  1. says:

    Well this is cheerful stuff Nick Davies respected journalist gives the lie to the notion that the biggest threat to journalism is the interference of owners or the threats of advertisers His thesis is that the dr

  2. says:

    Media outlets pick easy stories with safe facts and safe ideas clustering around official sources for protection reducing everything they touch to simplicity without understanding recycling consensus facts and ideas regardless of their validity because that is what the punters expect joining any passing moral pan

  3. says:

    As a news junkie who loathes Metro and the redtops this was right up my street and depressingly re inforced my suspciionscynicisms and added a whole heap John Humphries says If you watch the news you should read this book but don't let him put you off This is an insider's expose of how and why journalism has d

  4. says:

    Propaganda is as old as the flood I'm not a particular fan of big media but Nick is Especially if its of the type of which he approves We're awash with news today but the reader has to employ his own common sense and fact check himself if he really wants to ensure the veracity of any story In fact he should hav

  5. says:

    Interesting depressing and a little repetitive Worth a read but the writing style is dull and becomes a chore after the first few cha

  6. says:

    I studied as a journalist; worked as one for a while and can sadly vouch for Mr Davies´ grim take on the world of the media Things have probably worsened since this book was written the internet has decimated the

  7. says:

    An excellent discourse on why you shouldn't believe everything you read in the newspaper hear on the radio or see on TV Davies digs into the pitfalls of for profit above every other consideration journalism corruption biased reporting the problems arising from valueing speed over accuracy and much

  8. says:

    Hopelessly late in reading this but Nick Davies´ Flat Earth News is probably true now than it was when published first in 2008 before the great culmination of scandals that brought down the Sun and threatened the Murdoch media empireDavies argues that by the establishment of media empires in the 1980 and 1990s there started a trend towards rationalisation of news production Budgets were lowered fewer journalists were reuired to

  9. says:

    Phone hacking is not in the index of this book published in 2008 so just before that story broke Every other journalistic crime is The central argument is that corporate commercialism in what we used to fondly call Fleet Street has created two huge abuses firstly cost and corner cutting so churnalists no longer have time to check storiesbut rely on re churning everybody else's stories; secondly profit chasing resulting

  10. says:

    It seemed interesting when I picked it up in the library an insider account on how the modern media are being corrupted by mass hysteria propaganda and commercial objectives Unfortunately Flat Earth News has become an endlessly long list of ex

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