Merchants of Truth

Merchants of Truth

The Business of News and the Fight for Facts

Book - 2019
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"The definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade. With the expert guidance of former Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, we follow two legacy (The New York Times and The Washington Post) and two upstart (BuzzFeed and VICE) companies as they plow through a revolution in technology, economics, standards, commitment, and endurance that pits old vs. new media"--
Published: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501123207
1501123203
Branch Call Number: 071.309 ABR
Characteristics: 534 pages ;,24 cm

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tirjan
May 18, 2019

I had written and long comment on this book but the website timed out and I lost it. Therefore, I now copied this from Amazon:

The definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade. With the expert guidance of former Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, we follow two legacy (The New York Times and The Washington Post) and two upstart (BuzzFeed and VICE) companies as they plow through a revolution in technology, economics, standards, commitment, and endurance that pits old vs. new media.

Merchants of Truth is the groundbreaking and gripping story of the precarious state of the news business told by one of our most eminent journalists.

Merchants of Truth raises crucial questions that concern the well-being of our society. We are facing a crisis in trust that threatens the free press. Abramson’s book points us to the future.

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StarGladiator
Apr 13, 2019

Quote: How does it feel to be the managing editor of the paper that makes stuff up?
Question posed to Abramson by the Daily Show's Samantha Be in 2004.
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Exactly! A wrongly titled book, once again Jill Abramson is acting as an apologist for the NY Times [but this time for the Washington Post, as well].
I would describe both this book and former NY Times Managing Editor/Apologist, Jill Abramson, as the personification of submediocrity. Do we learn anything newsworthy in this book?
Of course not!
Does Abramson mention Chris Hedges resignation from the NY Times because he wouldn't follow their false script on the Iraq invasion/war?
Of course not!
I long ago gave up on the NY Times for the same reason as others - - a need for real news, not made up stuff! As far as WaPo goes - - just take a close look at the WaPo Sunday Book Reviews between 2000 to 2008 and compare the names of the reviewers with the names on the old list of PNAC membership [Project for a New American Century, rightwing group] and note the repetition of names! Nothing more need be said . . .
Point being: Far too many of us long abandoned Establishment non-news for factual information to be found on the Web, both in articles in incredibly informative comments by site commenters. Anyone who continues to follow such rags remains poorly misinformed!

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StarGladiator
Apr 13, 2019

Quote: How does it feel to be the managing editor of the paper that makes stuff up?
Question posed to Abramson by the Daily Show's Samantha Bee in 2004.
______________________________________________________________
Exactly! A wrongly titled book, once again Jill Abramson is acting as an apologist for the NY Times [but this time for the Washington Post, as well].
I would describe both this book and former NY Times Managing Editor/Apologist, Jill Abramson, as the personification of submediocrity. Do we learn anything newsworthy in this book?
Of course not!
Does Abramson mention Chris Hedges resignation from the NY Times because he wouldn't follow their false script on the Iraq invasion/war?
Of course not!
I long ago gave up on the NY Times for the same reason as others - - a need for real news, not made up stuff! As far as WaPo goes - - just take a close look at the WaPo Sunday Book Reviews between 2000 to 2008 and compare the names of the reviewers with the names on the old list of PNAC membership [Project for a New American Century, rightwing group] and note the repetition of names! Nothing more need be said . . .

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upshiftott
Apr 07, 2019

This is an excellent book that I would highly recommend if you have any interest in digital vs print journalism, digital KPI metrics, social media and how companies face change in today's fast paced environment, from both the perspective of winners and losers.

I most certainly learned a lot from this book.

With respect to plagiarism, the author was on "The Agenda", (a TVO 2 program), a couple of weeks ago and she acknowledged that, out of the 60 pages of references, one reference was completely missed and the other 2 references were there but just not listed on the correct page.

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johnwalenta
Feb 24, 2019

I wonder if negative commenters, always for books that politically range from center-right to far left, have even bothered to read these books. There are often long wait lists buts certain commenters post their reviews almost as soon as these books are released. I intend to read this book with an open mind when my turn comes up.

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stancesf
Feb 09, 2019

More like Merchants of Plagiarism and Inaccuracies. More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/02/07/jill-abramson-accused-plagiarism-defends-her-book-fox-news/?noredirect=on

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