Facts are and must be the
coin of the realm in a democracy. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United
States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction—always
a formidable challenge—is now more difficult than ever, as a constant stream of
questionable information pours into media outlets.
In The Future of Truth, Charles Lewis reminds us of the history of
public dishonesty in the United States, from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s
cover-up of the real motives behind the Vietnam War, to George W. Bush’s public
rationales for military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how courageous
investigative journalists stood up to power to bring truth to light. He then
explores the implications for today: what are the root causes and consequences
of this kind of mass deception?
Lewis argues forcefully that
while data points and factoids abound, it is much harder to get to the whole
truth of complex issues in time for that truth to guide citizens, voters, and
decision-makers. Download and start listening now!