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

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Does 'fake news' really exist? Find out from the ultimate insider.

After years of working as a respected journalist, Nick Davies, in this shocking expose, reveals what really goes on behind the scenes of this contentious industry.

From a prestigious newspaper that allowed intelligence agencies to plant fiction in its columns, to the newsroom that routinely rejected stories due to racial bias, to the number of papers that accepted cash bribes. Gripping, thought-provoking and revelatory, this is an insider's look at one of the most tainted professions.

'Meticulous, fair-minded and utterly gripping' Telegraph

'Powerful and timely...his analysis is fair, meticulously researched and fascinating' Observer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 298g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099512688
  • 9780099512684
  • 30,156

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"Powerful and timely...his analysis is fair, meticulously researched and fascinating"
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"Important, vital, urgent" * Financial Times * "Meticulous, fair-minded and utterly gripping" -- Sam Leith * Daily Telegraph * "If you read newspapers, you MUST read this book" -- John Humphrys "A must-read for anyone worried about journalism - which, on this analysis, should be everyone" -- Ian Hislop "Powerful and timely...his analysis is fair, meticulously researched and fascinating" * Observer *
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About Nick Davies

Nick Davies writes investigative stories for the Guardian, and has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year in British press awards. Between July 2009 and July 2011, he wrote more than a hundred stories about crime in Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. He has written six books including White Lies and Dark Heart, and the bestselling Flat Earth News, exposing falsehood and propaganda in news media. Hack Attack is his latest book.

He has three children and lives in Sussex.
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This book is easy to read and provides an interesting, albeit disappointing, overview on how the news industry works and what influences its content. I found the information to be put across in a logical and easy to understand manner, but some of the examples he used, while fascinating, were in my view unnecessarily long. More than a few times I found myself skipping over pages to get to the next section. Don't let the title put you off, the whole "An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media" sounds very Michael Moore, but it's not. It is a very 'hands-on' from someone who has a lot of experience in and around a news desk and isn't attempting to play the shock jock of research.show more
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