Don't Believe It!: How Lies Become News

by Alexandra Kitty (Author)

Book Description
Do you think shamed journalists Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass were rare bad
apples? Far from it, they were just the ones stupid enough to get caught.
Alexandra Kitty demonstrates with example upon example how manufactured news is
endemic in our media and shows the reader how to spot suspicious stories.
In the last few years, the journalism industry has cut costs by eliminating
important safeguards: companies have reduced the number of fact-checkers,
editors, and journalists. What this means is that editors and reporters cannot
spend time verifying information. Moreover, journalists are not required to have
professional experience or training to cover their beats. Fierce competition to
get a scoop may lead to journalists making careless errors or not
double-checking information.

To maintain audiences and readership, journalists, editors and producers will
choose sensational stories that "shock." Combined with time and budget
constraints, journalists may unwittingly or deliberately disseminate false or
misleading information to the public. It is important to "get" a story,
interview a subject or nab a scoop first-the accuracy of these elements is
secondary. Competition from other media outlets also means the goal of a
journalist is to get the scoop first-how it makes it on the air (flawed,
inaccurate, questionably obtained) is unimportant.

Don't Believe It! teaches news consumers how to verify information. It shows
readers how to evaluate sources, eyewitnesses and data. This is a comprehensive
bible to information verification from a logical standpoint, showing how to be
skeptical without being jaded, step by step, with case studies and a
classification manual.

Alexandra Kitty is a journalist who specializes in crime and media issues. She
has a BA in psychology from McMaster University and a MA in journalism from the
University of Western Ontario. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

About the Author
Alexandra Kitty is a journalist who specializes in crime and media issues. She
worked as a Canadian correspondent for Presstime magazine. She also wrote a
cover story about Thomson for Quill magazine, and about the CBC for Current
newspaper in Washington, DC.

Product Details

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: The Disinformation Company (March 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1932857060



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