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.
BRUCE BARTLETT's experience ranges from serving as Staff Director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, to holding the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy in the Bush 41 White House and writing a column forForbesand theEconomixblog of theNew York Times.He's had over 2,100 articles published in major national publications and two of his last three books,ImpostorandThe Benefit and the Burden, landed him onThe Daily Show with Jon Stewartand on theNew York Timesbest-seller list.
"What is truth? That ancient question looms large in our era, full of accusations of fake news. Bruce Bartlett's clear and concise guide reveals how to distinguish reliable journalism from reports riddled with errors, lies, and nonsense. Best of all, Bartlett's manual is so accessible and direct that anyone will benefit from reading it, from high school students to casual news consumers to professional journalists." --David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist "Bartlett's latest book, The Truth Matters, is a concise and essential primer filled with information on how best to use and understand the media. It offers techniques and resources that will help anyone who ever wanted to dig deeper into a story or make an educated decision about its accuracy and possible bias." --BillMoyers.com
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