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

By Nick Davies

After years of operating as a revered journalist, Nick Davies broke the unwritten rule of the media via investigating the practices of his fellow colleagues. during this eye-opening exposé, Davies uncovers an awash in corruption and bias. His findings comprise the tale of a prestigious Sunday newspaper that allowed the CIA to plant fiction in its columns; the newsroom that generally rejects tales approximately black humans; the revered paper that employed a certified fraudster to establish a entrance corporation to entrap senior political figures; in addition to a couple of newspapers that pay funds bribes to bent detectives. His examine additionally exposes a number of nationwide tales that have been in reality pseudo occasions synthetic through the general public relatives and worldwide information tales that have been fiction generated by means of a equipment of foreign propaganda. The measure to which the media has affected govt coverage and perverted well known trust is additionally addressed. Gripping and though-provoking, this can be an insider’s examine one of many world’s such a lot tainted professions.

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And but we all know that the majority of the tales placed out through lots of the journalists who wrote approximately Iraqi guns additionally have been ‘unfounded’: they assumed that the guns existed. With the only exception of Judith Miller from the hot York occasions, who finally misplaced her task amid different scandal, the mass of these different journalists suffered now not even a touch of warmth for his or her failure. simply because that they had the reliable assets on their part. Gilligan’s adventure is a high-profile instance. there are many lower-profile examples of officialdom trying to implement its line with punishment. Ministers within the Blair executive, for instance, privately approached senior information executives with specific invites to sack Andy McSmith, the political editor of the self sufficient; Paul Eastham, the political editor of the day-by-day Mail; Christian Wolmar, the shipping correspondent of the autonomous; Mark Mardell, political correspondent for Newsnight; and Andrew Marr whilst he was once editor of the self sufficient. Ivo Dawnay, as leader political correspondent of the monetary occasions, wrote a narrative which annoyed Peter Mandelson, who reacted by way of calling Dawnay’s female friend overdue at the evening of its booklet with an easy message: ‘Just inform Ivo he’s lifeless. He doesn’t exist. ’ within the united kingdom, the protection of following the reliable line is bolstered in legislations. The 1952 Defamation Act protects newshounds opposed to being sued for libel if their tale relies on an legit assertion ‘by or on behalf of any executive division, officer of kingdom, neighborhood authority or leader officer of police’. In 1996, that defense was once extended to incorporate authentic statements from the ecu Union in addition to British officialdom. briefly, if an legit assertion accuses a guy of being a felony, the click can’t be sued for utilizing it; but when a guy accuses a central authority authentic of being a legal, the click should be sued for repeating it. Rule 3: stay away from the electrical fence This extends the guideline of secure evidence from favouring authentic assets to an encouragement of deference to any company or person with the ability to harm information enterprises. it really works just like the form of electrical fence that is utilized by farmers to manage their farm animals. The farmer places the fence around the box; a number of the cows wander into it and get harm; the farmer then takes the fence away; not one of the cows crosses the road. within the united kingdom, the oldest electrical fence is media legislation. The professional secrets and techniques Act has a tendency to discourage newshounds and to inhibit capability assets by way of threatening imprisonment when you are stuck attempting to submit regardless of the executive deems mystery. Libel legislations is much more robust, simply because its achieve is quite a bit wider, masking any tale that may be deemed to break the recognition of its goal. notwithstanding, its safety has a tendency to use basically to the wealthy and robust, just because it bills handsome profit to sue, and criminal reduction hasn't ever been on hand for libel activities. So, it's normal perform for a newspaper attorney, faced with a in all probability libellous tale, to invite the reporter: ‘Does this chap have cash?

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