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~Pdf ♷ 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 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 Interesting, depressing, and a little repetitive Worth a read, but the writing style is dull and becomes a chore after the first few chapters. 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.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 , squeezingcolumn inches from tired journalists, andpounds 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.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 , squeezingcolumn inches from tired journalists, andpounds from a shrinking market, whilst genuinely big stories go ignored or unchallenged.Nick Davies tells all this is the guy who recently re broke the News of the World hacking scandal and whilst it must have made him feel good to get it off his chest, it made me angry and depressed to hear it like it is And made me evenresolute not to pick up Metro again 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 have always done that rather than leaving it anonymous editors to do it for him In a lot of cases we only need the story We shouldn t need a professional to interpret it for us That 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 have always done that rather than leaving it anonymous editors to do it for him In a lot of cases we only need the story We shouldn t need a professional to interpret it for us That is just the innate laziness of the consumer The solution which Nick suggests is a return to the good old days Bahtechnology..The actual solution is we all have to became journalists of sorts..if we wish. 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. 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 andthan 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 agend 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 andthan 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 agenda, narrow and limiting, which they all doggedly follow Some might have a northern correspondent for example, or Welsh correspondent , but ask yourself what that really means Where that Welsh correspondent works, where his or her office is and, ask yourself, how does one person cover the news of three million people Second the sheer laziness of the media and the death of journalism The flooding of UK newspapers with American news not just politics, but showbusiness, tittle tattle and even weather stories Why Because it s cheap The American media churns out so much content that it s cheaper for UK publications many part of US media groups anyway to simply pass on this dross to a country which is four thousand miles away As someone who lives in Europe, this is awful stuff France and Spain might as well be on another planet for all the coverage they get.Ai ai ai Hopelessly late in reading this, but Nick Davies Flat Earth News is probablytrue 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 producenews This has led to a decline in the quali Hopelessly late in reading this, but Nick Davies Flat Earth News is probablytrue 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 producenews This has led to a decline in the quality of journalism as there is not enough time to check facts and dig beyond what is delivered to them.News 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 journalists.PR 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 quote 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 productivity.The lack of time available has led to several sub trends, picking stories which Are 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 powerful wealthy enough to sue you or block your access to new stories, present both sides of the story as is they are equal 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 panic.Are 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 audience.The 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 Iraqi National Council Or the dubious think tanks and research establishments used by the oil industry to sow doubt about climate change.Most 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 Iraq being a case in point.Davies chapter on The Observer shows how the CIA led reporters astray by misinforming them through the Iraqi 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 alone.Tragically, 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 Inquiry and the opposition from the media to its conclusions, I have no confidence that it will provethan 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 nothingthan what you got from the newsroom and a quick 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 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 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 rejection of anything that might not sell easily to global news outlets this includes stories showing black people in positive settings, stories set in the developing world, anything difficult But the most riveting chapter is the one about one paper, the Daily Mail Quite simphly the Mail dictates the rolling narrative of our whole national discourse Its driving force is the semi psychotic fury of its disturbing, c t yelling editor, Paul Dacre His skillful articulation and profoundly cynical manipulation of the psychoses of middle England has boosted the Mail s circulation into the stratosphere, making Dacre indespensable, invincible, invulnerable He can afford to bribe his staff big salaries, cars into toeing his hateful and morally corrput line He can buy off any potential theat from his many litigious and frequently 100% traduced victims Thus Dacre has succeeded in bullying an entire nation and its governing elite into total, hopeless, fearful submission Forget Murdoch Our tabloid problem has another name It isintractable And much, much corrupt The reason is clear Absolute power and all that 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 conservativethis flow of falsehood and distortion through the news factory is clearlMedia 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 conservativethis 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 communicationsthe boundaries of acceptability have slowly slipped backwardwhat was scandalous is now merely normal Somewhere out there, the truth is dyingpp 255 256 A 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 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 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 Therefore, leafing through Flat Earth News is a muchrewarding activity than actually reading it from cover to cover