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

Truthteller

Investigative Reporter's Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

Paperback Published: 11th April 2019
ISBN: 9781925335897
Number Of Pages: 264

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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.

About the Author

Stephen Davis has been on the frontlines of journalism for three decades as an investigative reporter in TV, magazines and newspapers and as a leading journalism educator, trying to uphold the ideals of the fourth estate, and to inspire his students to do the same.

From the rainforests of Brazil to the icy wastes of Antarctica, from London to Los Angeles, from the Middle East to Australia and New Zealand, Davis has sought out the truth and sometimes found it. Along the way he has encountered lying politicians and corporate conmen, spies and special forces soldiers, secret policemen and scared scientists. Among those who have tried to persuade him from reporting his stories: men with Kalashnikovs, government lawyers, corporate PRs in fancy suits, senior police officers, billionaires, and newspaper owners.

Davis has worked for The Sunday Times in both London and Los Angeles, been a war and foreign correspondent, a TV producer for 60 Minutes and 20/20, a newspaper editor, a documentary film maker for the BBC and Discovery, and has taught journalism to thousands of students from all over the world. He has won multiple awards for his investigative reporting, including a silver medal at the New York film and television awards, and has designed and run journalism degree programs in London, Sydney and Melbourne.

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?
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Endnotes
Index

ISBN: 9781925335897
ISBN-10: 1925335895
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 11th April 2019
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 1.67
Weight (kg): 0.34

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