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A strong case for fair, neutral reporting

Volume 14, Issue 2

September, 2008

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Fresne, D. K. (2008). A strong case for fair, neutral reporting. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(2): 223-226. Review of Flat Earth News, by Nick Davies. London: Chatto & Windus, 2008. 408 pp. ISBN 9780701181451.
Author(s): Karl du Fresne
Reviewed book by: Nick Davies
Publication date: 
October, 2008

Flat Earth News is a 400-page exposé of shonky practices by the British media— and not just the scurrilous London tabloids, which would suprise no one, but by some of the so-called 'quality' broadsheets as well. Including Davies' own paper, The Guardian (though it must be said The Guardian emerges looking little purer than some if its competitors). Davies takes as his starting point the blizzard of misinformation disseminated by the media over Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and the failture of journalists to dig beneath the propaganda...