Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news mediaaonce the vaunted watchdogs of our republicaare often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions. unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the founders of the acclaimed website FactCheck.org, unSpun reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as: ac the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news ac common tricks used to deceive us ac how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information Telling fact from fiction shouldnat be a difficult task. With this book and a healthy dose of skepticism, anyone can cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen. aRead this book and you will not go unarmed into the political wars ahead of us. Jackson and Jamieson equip us to be our own truth squad, and that just might be the salvation of democracy.a aBill Moyers aTHE DEFINITIVE B.S. DETECTORaAN ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE GUIDEBOOK.a aMark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aunSpun is an essential guide to cutting through the political fog. Just in time for the 2008 campaign, Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson have written a citizenas guide to avoiding the malarkey of partisan politics.a aMara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent aThe Internet may be a wildly effective means of communication and an invaluable source of knowledge, but it has also become a new virtual haven for scammersafinancial, political, even personal. Better than anything written before, unSpun shows us how to recognize these scams and protect ourselves from them.a aCraig Newmark, founder and customer service representative, Craigslist.org From the Trade Paperback edition.A practical guide to identifying bunk--from fact-twisting political ads and dubious infomercials to corporate PR and false e-mails--explains how and where to pick out the truth from the masses of false data, misleading messages, and fake ...
|Author||:||Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Hall Jamieson|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2007-04-24|