Flat Earth News

John Lanchester reviews Flat Earth News:

So this is Davies’s ultra-bleak portrait. The British news media are crushed by commercial pressure, squeezed by the need for speed, corrupted by PR, indifferent to their own best traditions of independence, recklessly indifferent to the central functions of reporting and checking facts, systematically lied to by commercial interests and governments, and in far too many respects, simply indifferent to the truth. There is a growing, industry-wide failure to be sufficiently interested in reality.

Nick Davies’s book is about the British media. But I increasingly wonder whether you could substitute US for British in that second sentence.

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