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

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 expos Davies uncovers

  • Title: Flat Earth News: An Award-Winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media
  • Author: Nick Davies
  • ISBN: 9780701181451
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 expos , 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 columns the newsroomAfter 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 expos , 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 columns 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 manufactured 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 professions.

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    1. 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 drive for profits has driven journalism to the brink of destruction. Staff cuts and spending cuts have resulted in fewer journalists working with fewer resources on more stories. Unfortunately those stories are provided by the booming new sector that is the Public Relations industry, [...]

    2. "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 clearl [...]

    3. i am in the process of reading this. it's HIGHLY disturbing and i recommend it for anyone who reads / watches the news. there is no free press. edit upon finishing: this book really, really needs to be read. my one criticism is that he doesn't mention indie media projects in his epiloguee mail is evil.

    4. This is quite possibly the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I was gripped by it all the way through.Davis takes us on a journey through contemporary journalism and critiques many aspects of the news that many of us take at face value. His assaults are brilliantly argued, well reasoned and engaging. He attacks churnalism, the lack of journalistic rigor brought on by 24 hour news (for example, some BBC news articles are written in just 5 minutes!), the influence of PR, morally and legally d [...]

    5. As a news junkie who loathes Metro and the redtops, this was right up my street, and depressingly re-inforced my suspciions/cynicisms and added a whole heap more.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 descended into "churnalism" - regurgitating agency news feeds, press releases and celebrity gossip as "news", squeezing more column inches from tired journalists, and more pounds [...]

    6. Interesting, depressing, and a little repetitive. Worth a read, but the writing style is dull and becomes a chore after the first few chapters.

    7. 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 industry and more than ever it´s a wing of the PR and Marketing world.Two bugbears for me, which Davies addresses, among others: one, the under-representation of real news, that is, local news which might make a difference to local communities. The national papers use a common age [...]

    8. Hopelessly late in reading this, but Nick Davies´ Flat Earth News is probably more 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 empire.Davies 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 required to produce more news. This has led to a decline in the qual [...]

    9. Британська журналістика уже не та. Золоті стандарти БіБіСі не виконуються й у самому БіБіСі, а що вже казити про інші ЗМІ, що вже казати про газетярів? Журналістика з мистецтва (чи, окей, ремесла) ретельного написання вдумливих і цікавих текстів перетворилася на фабрику нов [...]

    10. 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 stories,but rely on re-churning everybody else's stories; secondly profit-chasing, resulting in news "values" which pander to market prejudice and the rejecti [...]

    11. Книга Ніка Дейвіса затримує на собі погляд. Певно, це і творцю обкладинки комплімент: яскрава, гаряча, виразний титул, об’ємна - проситься до рук. Про що вона? «Системні вади» і «надмірна комерціалізація» журналістики – оці два ключових слова знайдете в анотації до книги. О [...]

    12. Reading this book (published first in 2009) at the end of 2017 raises much curiosity how Davies would react and analysis today's "fake-news" "Post-Truth" environment. In many respects Flat-Earth News lays the ground-work for modern 'news' and explains clearly how we got to this place of political echo chambers, shareable garbage and click-bait. The greatest irony is towards the conclusion of the story Davies saw the internet as a possible solution to the problem of inaccurate and biased media.An [...]

    13. *SPOILERS!* (in Dutch, as I read the Dutch version) Ik was al een tijdje kritisch van wat er in de kranten en het journaal verteld werd, hoe selectief men te werk ging, maar na het lezen van "Gebakken Lucht" ben ik alleen maar kritischer geworden en weet ik niet meer wat nog waar is en wat niet.Nick Davies baseert zich, logisch, op wat er zich afspeelt in de Britse pers, maar je kunt het patroon ook toepassen voor de Belgische pers, me dunkt. Wat krijg je te lezen: hoe bepaalde nieuwsjes uitverg [...]

    14. Vote: 3,50Class: P-B1 (FP)This was a surprising book, which made me open my eyes about what I diary read in the newspaper.This was also a sad book, because now I know for certain (I already had my doubts!) that much of what I see in the news has very little to do with the truth.It was a surprising book and it was a good book to read, but it has its flaws:- it is too long and often slow to come to the point;- the author too has his personal battles and prejudice: is anger toward Murdoch (maybe ju [...]

    15. Flat Earth News examines the reasons behind the decline in both standards and depth of news media in the UK.Nick Davies looks at the changing face of media owners. They are no longer people whose main interest is good news reporting but business folks whose focus is profit over good journalism and that is reflected in ever increasing cuts in budgets and resources leaving little time for fact checking. The increasing reliance upon and influence of PR is examined. It's sobering to note that there [...]

    16. This is a really important book. I stumbled upon it in the back of another book (I think it was Female Chauvinist Pigs) and when I was working in London I found it in Barnes and Noble and bought it. It was not lost on me that I discovered the TV show ‘The Newsroom’ about two months after I read this book, late one night while staying in New York City with my parents, after I’d finished my stint in London. This book compliments what the show is trying to do. Davies worked on Fleet Street, h [...]

    17. I read the Vietnamese version of this book. Hence, any comment/judgement in this review is only applicable to the translation.First of all, the publisher successfully managed to publish a book with low translation quality. To think this book is an award-winning work of a well-known journalist, I strongly recommend a re-do of the translation. Many times it was easy to guess the English words for the Vietnamese texts that I was reading (and I was so sure that my reverse translation would be very c [...]

    18. this should be compulsory reading for anyone who reads newspapers or who likes to pass on 'news' items as truth. and while you might think you are aware of the role of PR in current media, or how rupert murdoch is changing global media and politics, this is still a necessary read. davies makes his statements and then backs them up with example after example of how media manipulates and is manipulated. and unfortunately, the conclusion is rather depressing. i reread the bit on chernobyle, after a [...]

    19. "The type of political culture that accompanies the rise of the corportate media system worldwide looks to be increasingly like that found in the US: in the place of informaed debate or political parties organizing along the full spectrum of opinion, there will be vacuous journalism and elections dominated by public relations, big money, moronic political advertizing and limited debate on tangible issues. It is a world where the market and commercial values overwhelm notions of democracy and civ [...]

    20. Fascinating insight, but at the same time quite a depressing read as you learn about the inner workings of not just the press, but all of our news media. Most of us know that our news maybe biased, distorted a little, small details omitted to steer opinion, but after reading this book, the situation is far more serious than that, where stories are systematically fabricated, unchecked, and cynically skewed to alter our perception of the world. This book isn't a rant from some journalist with a gr [...]

    21. 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 examples that are treated in the utmost detail. You quickly get the jest of it, but start to wonder if yet another example is really going to make the point even better. The book seems to favour quantity over quality where evidence is concerned. Therefor [...]

    22. Depressing, yet excellent. A highly insightful study into how news, global and otherwise, has been distorted by the relentless quest for breaking news, and how cuts have weakened local news immensely. Papers such as The Daily Mail and the Murdoch collection are the worst on the planet, and are threatening the very fabric of our society. Read this.

    23. Het is een zeer ontluisterend boek over de mechanismen van de (inter)nationale media. Na het lezen kan je geen krant openslaan zonder een andere kijk op het dagblad. Dit boek is zeker een aanrader voor iedereen die pretendeert de wereld met een kritische kijk te bekijken.

    24. Davies covers a number of compelling topics that fall into the dubious category of flat earth news. From the Y2K bug to Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. He also touches the tip of the phone hacking scandal iceberg, that he would later go onto develop further and fully on his outstanding, “Hack Attack” a few years later. He also gives a terrifying insight into the CIA’s reach and power within the world of media, describing its latent presence in almost every capital city in the world [...]

    25. I’ve been putting off writing this review for a little while now. It’s a difficult one for me. I only read Flat Earth News because so many people had recommended it, and most of them are people whose views I tend to agree with. But I’m afraid I didn’t really like it.Flat Earth News is Nick Davies’s “exposé” of the practices of the media. Nick is, of course, a brilliant Guardian journalist, and is perhaps the journalist most responsible for the eventual uncovering of the widespread [...]

    26. "Flat Earth News" is Davies' term for a particular phenomenon: "A story appears to be true. It is widely accepted as true. It becomes a heresy to suggest that it is not true – even if it is riddled with falsehood, distortion and propaganda". Davies makes the case that such Flat Earth News is now endemic in the media: not because of a conspiracy to placate advertisers or (primarily) because of editorial interference by owners: rather, it is "forces of commercialism which now provide the greates [...]

    27. I won't go into too much detail because this is a book everyone should read, despite not being at all comfortable to look at. The proportion of news that is in fact inflated, exaggerated, recycled or just false is terrifying. Worse still is the amount of news that never gets reported when it deals with issues that the public really do need to be cognisant of. And it all comes down to money and by extension time - like so many things. I have found myself sifting news stories even more cynically t [...]

    28. I wanted to really like this book, unfortunately it was the literary equivalent of the “funny bones” intro e.g. 5 or 6 examples for every argument the author wanted to make when 1 or 2 would have been sufficient, which made it a long slog.

    29. Nick Davies is probably the most valuable reporter we have in the UK. He was, for a while, the only person the Guardian had working on the story that would become the phone hacking scandal - a story whose reverberations could end up collapsing the Murdoch media empire (there's even a slim chance it could lead to Murdoch himself being prosecuted). This book is vital context for understanding that scandal, but also just vital on its own terms. Its central case is that the global media has become s [...]

    30. I read this as an audio book thanks to an app called Blinkist.It was absolutely amazing and eye-opening. I want to be a journalist, so I could'n keep my hands off of it. Strongly recommend it. It is written in a great way.

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