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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Davies Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

Working with a network of off-the-record sources, Davies uncovered the story of the prestigious Sunday newspaper which allowed the CIA and MI6 to plant fiction in its columns; the newsroom which 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; the newspapers which support law and order while paying cash bribes to bent detectives.

Davies names and exposes the national stories which turn out to be pseudo events manufactured by the PR industry, and the global news stories which prove to be fiction generated by a new machinery of international propaganda. He shows the effect of this on a world where consumers believe a mass of stories which, in truth, are as false as the idea that the Earth is flat - from the millennium bug to the WMD in Iraq - tainting government policy, perverting popular belief.

With the help of researchers from Cardiff University, who ran a ground-breaking analysis of our daily news, Davies found most reporters, most of the time, are not allowed to dig up stories or check their facts - a profession corrupted at the core. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel DeLappe | 2/17/2014

    " Nothing new and not very interesting. The media in this country is full of crap and run by big business. No kidding. Read something that has something to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nic Brisbourne | 2/15/2014

    " A good reminder not to trust the news - too much. Key reasons - 1. declining newspaper revenues mean journalists only have time to write stories, not to check them 2. Organisations from government, through intelligence agencies to PR firms exploit this fact to their own ends, 3. profit motive at papers generally means they write what their readers want to read, which isn't necessarily the truth (Daily Mail) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Britt | 2/8/2014

    " The Doritos- gate gang should read this and weep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Llew | 1/30/2014

    " Essential summary of the corruption of modern news from the influx of PR from every angle on a journalism world without time and money. Not in a conspiratorial tone, but it definitely justified my cynicism. He calls is churnalism but it might be better described as "tabloidization". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/21/2014

    " I've always regarded the media with a certain amount of skepticism, but this book really pins it down and spells it out, this will shatter your rose tinted specs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/16/2013

    " You won't watch the news in the same way again. Quite a disturbing book (in a good way). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 thom | 12/9/2013

    " A fascinating and horrendously depressing look at the state of journalism in the UK. Well worth a read, but don't think it'll make you feel warm and fuzzy about the future of UK journalism and fill you with hope. It won't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Boffard | 7/14/2013

    " The scariest book ever written about journalism. Which doesn't mean it isn't bloody good. Just scary. Scary as hell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Moore | 5/31/2013

    " Outstanding everybody should read this book to understand the media "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Duncan O'neill | 6/21/2012

    " Brilliant, this book must have taken a lot of legwork, it's an excellent example of investigative journalism at its best. A must-read for those who still believe they're reading or hearing objective news in mainstream media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Filip | 6/11/2012

    " Het is een zeer ontluisterend boek over de mechanismen van de (inter)nationale media. Na het lezen kan je geen krant openslaan zonder een andere kijk op het dagblad. Dit boek is zeker een aanrader voor iedereen die pretendeert de wereld met een kritische kijk te bekijken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Evans | 9/3/2011

    " Worth reading if you're interested in the Leveson Inquiry. Shocking and true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 7/10/2011

    " A startling expose of the tabloid papers, the broadsheets and the tv news. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catriona | 6/29/2011

    " An interesting (if not earth-shattering) look at how news is generated across the globe. A few scary parts when you realise just how much our news is pre-filtered, but by and large this book didn't tell me much I didn't already know. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shockwave | 5/14/2011

    " Lets you know how Murdoch is destroying and distorting the news we read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sajid Hussain | 4/20/2011

    " We all know the press are bastards, this book bares the dangerous regularity they are bastards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 4/19/2011

    " A bit baggy in the middle, but worth trawling through some of the less interesting stuff about the history of newspaper publishing to get to the great stuff at the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shockwave | 3/8/2011

    " Lets you know how Murdoch is destroying and distorting the news we read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nduka | 12/23/2010

    " I chose to listen to the Audio Book version to fit into my on-road activities...
    Very intersting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew (Ace) | 8/8/2010

    " Good and page-turning in places, but far too long. I lost count of how many pages on Iraq I had to wade through by the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel | 3/24/2010

    " Nothing new and not very interesting. The media in this country is full of crap and run by big business. No kidding. Read something that has something to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/18/2009

    " A good expose of the how news is manufactured, ill-considered, rushed and generally shallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 thom | 8/22/2009

    " A fascinating and horrendously depressing look at the state of journalism in the UK. Well worth a read, but don't think it'll make you feel warm and fuzzy about the future of UK journalism and fill you with hope. It won't. "

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About the Author

Nick Davies is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of several books, including the bestseller Flat Earth News. He has been named Reporter of the Year, Journalist of the Year, and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards and has won eight additional prizes for his work uncovering the phone-hacking scandal. He is a special correspondent for the Guardian.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.