The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks

The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks

by Bruce Bartlett

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ISBN-13: 9780399581168
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 220,960
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

BRUCE BARTLETT's experience ranges from serving as Senior Policy Analyst in the Reagan administration to holding the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department in the Bush 41 White House. He has also authored a column for Forbes and written for the Economix blog of the New York Times. A New York Times best-selling author, he's published more than 2,100 articles in major national publications.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1

1. Why the Traditional Media No Longer Serves Our Needs 5
2. The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources 13
3. How to Use Links 21
4. Confusing Press Conventions 29
5. Journalistic Techniques That May Obfuscate Rather Than Illuminate Sources 37
6. Trusting Academic Sources 45
7. What Your Local Library Has to Offer in Terms of News 53
8. Numbers Must Be Put into Context 59
9. Beware of Deceptive Labeling 69
10. The Perils of Polling 77
11. Using Wikipedia 87
12. The Problem of Fake News 95
13. Designing Your Own Newspaper 103 14. Editorial Opinions 111
15. How to Fight Fake News 119

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The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
plappen More than 1 year ago
In an era of "fake news" and "alternative facts," this short book attempts to show how the average person can distinguish between real news and propaganda. If a news story is being covered by only one news source, the story is probably fake. Get in the habit of frequently visiting a fact check website. Does a source have a bias in a news story? Are they less than non-partisan? Frequently, a story will cite "according to a government study" as its source. What study? What agency did the study? When was the study done? Conveniently, it's now not possible to look up the study to see just what it says. It's much better to cite a specific, and researchable, study? Primary sources, people who were actually at the event, are much more reliable than secondary sources, people who weren't there, but heard about the event later. Journalism terms. like "on the record" or "off the record" have different meanings and can be used by sources to mislead reporters. Visit your local library; they have search engines of most major newspapers, and free online access to valuable news databases. A better job needs to be done at putting numbers, like the federal budget, in proper context. Opinion polls are easily manipulated. It's best to look at trends by several different pollsters, instead of just one poll. This book also includes a list of websites to visit to get real and reliable information, instead of nonsense. It is short, very easy to read and highly recommended for all Americans.
growingoldoffensively More than 1 year ago
Short, very candid read that's something like an intellectual map that helps you navigate the bs minefield that is our media.. Truth matters and the author tells you why, where and how to find it, what to avoid, even what you might want to question and does so in an an astonishingly straightforward manner. Even if you have a degree in political science this is a great refresher course.
growingoldoffensively More than 1 year ago
Short, very candid read that's something like an intellectual map that helps you navigate the bs minefield that is our media.. Truth matters and the author tells you why, where and how to find it, what to avoid, even what you might want to question and does so in an an astonishingly straightforward manner. Even if you have a degree in political science this is a great refresher course.