Flat Earth News

Flat Earth NewsHere’s a book I read a few years ago about the news, journalism and how the entire process has deteriorated over the past few decades. The book reveals the stunningly snappy process of creating “news” these days.

All No Agenda Producers allready know news is made up by cut and pasts from pressreleases. But it’s nice to hear it from the horses mouth.

From the publisher:

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 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 though-provoking, this is an insider’s look at one of the world’s most tainted professions.