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

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W.F. Howes, 2009 - Journalism - 646 pages
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 effect 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. 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.

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User Review  - Parthurbook - LibraryThing

The 'sister' volume to Davies' recent "Hack Attack", this is well-researched polemic maps the slippery slope of decline in British newspapers - from journalism to churnalism. Davies is thorough on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - tixylix - LibraryThing

This book really opened my eyes to the world of 'churnalism' and the lengths that some newspapers and journalists will go to, to get that scoop. It was particularly timely during the investigations ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Nicholas Davies was born on March 28, 1953. He is a British investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker. He has written extensively as a freelancer, as well as for The Guardian and The Observer, and been named Reporter of the Year, Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards. Davies has made documentaries for ITV's World in Action and written numerous books on the subject of politics and journalism, including Flat Earth News, which attracted considerable controversy as an exposť of journalistic malpractice in the UK and around the globe. As a reporter for The Guardian, Davies was responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair, including the July 2011 revelations of hacking into the mobile phone voicemail of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.He will be at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival in 2015. His title Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch made the New Zealand Best Seller List.

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