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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The media and political landscapes are littered with untrustworthy sources and the dangerous concept of "fake news." Bartlett helps you fight this deeply troubling trend and ensure that truth is not a permanent casualty. He presents actionable tips and tricks for reading critically, judging sources, using fact-checking sites, avoiding confirmation bias, identifying trustworthy experts, and more.
Publisher: California : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399581168
Characteristics: 136 pages ; 16 cm


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An economist, best-selling author, journalist and Capitol Hill veteran provides tips, tricks, shortcuts and recommendations for seeing through the “alternative facts” and “fake news” to find the truth behind the government officials and new media sources intentionally spreading lies.

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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.


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