The Truth Matters

The Truth Matters

A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts From Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks

Book - 2017
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As recent national events have proven, the floodgates have opened and the political terrain is shifting rapidly with the dangerous concept of "alternative facts" supplanting actual facts at the highest levels of our government and in new media sources that are intentionally designed to spread obfuscation and lies. This brief, accessible citizen's guide helps you fight this deeply troubling trend and ensure that truth is not a permanent casualty. Written by Capitol Hill veteran and longtime journalist Bruce Bartlett, The Truth Matters teaches you how to drive through a media environment littered with potholes and other dangers, providing actionable tips, tricks, recommendations, and shortcuts for both casual news consumers and journalists.
Publisher: California :, Ten Speed Press,, 2017, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399581168
Branch Call Number: 070. 9051 BAR
Characteristics: 136 pages ; 16 cm


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Jan 16, 2019

suggested further reading:
“Big Lies : The Right-wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth”
Joe Conason
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press 2003
ISBN: 9780312315603, 0312315600
“The Republican Noise Machine : Right-wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy”
by David Brock
“Toxic Talk : How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves”
Bill Press 1940-
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press 2010
ISBN: 9780312606299, 031260629X
“Trump and a Post-truth World”
Ken Wilber
Shambhala, 2017, pbk, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781611805611, 1611805619
“What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News"
Eric Alterman 1960-
ISBN: 0465001769, 0465001769
“Toxic Talk : How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves”
Bill Press 1940-
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press 2010
ISBN: 9780312606299, 031260629X

CMLibrary_gjd_0 May 08, 2018

Even though I am not a conservative, I am still finding this book full of helpful tips on fact checking. The other thing that stands out to me (after reading through 4 chapters) is the use of female pronouns throughout. Way to go Mr. Bartlett, it's really nice to feel a part of the game! I'll provide a fuller review upon completion.

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Nov 01, 2017

Bartlett and I have a completely different take on history: he says // Once upon a time, Americans could read their local newspaper, subscribe to a weekly newsmagazine, and watch thirty minutes of national news on television each night, and be reasonably sure they knew every- thing important and newsworthy that they needed to know to live their lives. \\
Actually, I don't! I do recall for a short time, when the Fairness Doctrine was in effect before Reagan killed it, that I could watch the local CBS news affiliate from Monday through Thursday, and on Friday at the end of their show, when Joe Q. Citizen was allowed on, he would proceed to logically and truthfully trash their preceding four nights of so-called news - - a wonderful experience. Unfortunately for them and us, ratings tended to slide after that - - except for Friday nights, of course - - so they overturned the Fairness Doctrine.
Many Americans [and I'm including those over the age of 50] are still completely devoid of knowledge about how the Fake News Network actually works [sounds better than calling them woefully ignorant].
Take the Koch brothers as an example - - and this applies to a few more individuals like the Bonnier family of Sweden, whose minions were/are deeply involved with slamming WikiLeaks and extraditing Assange, and Peter G. Peterson, Rupert Murdoch, et cetera - - they finance the WGBH Education Foundation, which owns PRI, PBS, Frontline, and so on, and therefore supplies many programs to NPR. NPR then has on various think tank people, who tow the Koch line, not surprisingly as the Koch brothers also contribute or finance those think tanks. [Their financing of said so-called think tanks is listed as // charitable contributions \\, which means a portion or almost all is tax-deductible, which means the government/taxpayer is really financing part of much of their network!] So really only a few of the super-rich own the news, which they manipulate through all those think tank people forever being interviewed and speaking their propaganda on CNN/Fox/CBS/ABC/NPR/PBS/NBC, et cetera, et cetera. Just one simply cicle, really.

Oct 30, 2017

Very informative. We all need to be watchful about information that comes our way--Gatekeepers so to speak. Years ago someone gave me some excellent advice. Don't believe anything you read on-line. Just to be sure I only share things about "cute" animals and humorous articles. This book provides tools and advice on how to be not fooled by "fake" news.

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