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Truthteller: An Investigative Reporter's Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and...
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Stephen Davis
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Truthteller: An Investigative Reporter's Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

Stephen Davis



True stories;
Society & Social Sciences;
Conspiracy theories;
Political corruption;
Press & journalism


264 pages

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There is a war on truth. And the liars are winning. There is an increasingly large number of weapons in the arsenal of the rich, the powerful and the elected to prevent the truth from coming out - to bury it, warp it, twist it to suit their purposes. Truthteller reveals how governments and corporations have covered-up mass murder, corruption and catastrophe. In a world where Putin and Trump have successfully branded journalists as traffickers in fake news, while promoting the actual creators of fake news, an investigative reporter shows the tools that are used to deceive us and explains why they work. Using exclusive documents and interviews drawn from three decades as an award-winning reporter, editor, foreign correspondent, television producer, documentary filmmaker, and journalism educator, Stephen Davis reveals shocking details of deception in the United States, the UK, Russia, Sweden, the Baltic republics, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the Arctic and Antarctic. Truthteller is an essential guide for understanding the modern media world - for teachers, students and concerned citizens who want to know the facts, not fake news and conspiracy theories.

It takes you inside the world of investigative reporting in an intimate history of a reporter's battles, won and lost, the personal and professional costs and the lives damaged along the way.

By:   Stephen Davis
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781925335897
ISBN 10:   1925335895
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction: A toolbox for lies and deception 1. From the toolbox: The art of character assassination. The strange journey of Richard Tomlinson 2. From the toolbox: Shoot the messengers. If a forest is destroyed and no one is there to see it, does anyone care? 3. From the toolbox: Our conspiracy theories are better than yours. The Estonia mystery: Spies, smugglers, secret packages and Putin 4. From the toolbox: Delay, delay, delay until everyone gets bored. A murder confession is ignored 5. From the toolbox: Create your own reality. State-sponsored stories and other distractions 6. From the toolbox: Manufacture another truth. The human shields - how a cover-up was covered up 7. From the toolbox: The value of distance. An Antarctic rescue and the death of a scientist 8. From the toolbox: Official secrets and other means of suppression. How to avoid a government stopping your book being published 9. From the toolbox: Behind closed doors. Making lots of people angry in the world's friendliest country 10. A different tool: Happy endings, deception practised by journalists and other good people. Misleading the world's children 11. The assault on truth: Where to from here? Thanks Endnotes Index

Stephen Davis has been on the frontlines of journalism for three decades as an investigative reporter in TV, magazines and newspapers. He has reported from the rainforests of Brazil to the icy wastes of Antarctica, from London to Los Angeles, from the Middle East to Russia.

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