Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy

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By Ronald (Port Townsend, WA) · ★★★★★ · August 07, 2011
This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever been exasperated by television news coverage and those talk shows were the pundits exchange meaningless sound-bites. I bought and first read this book about ten years ago and have relied on its material many, many times since in politic... ...more
By Eric (Sun City, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · June 19, 2008
James Fallows was the editor at U.S. News and World Report when he wrote this book. I subscribed to it for six months a few years ago and canceled, because it was indistinguishable from Time and Newsweek. I don't know if Fallows is still with the magazine.

It's safe to say that Fallows has issues... ...more
By David (Olathe, KS) · ★★★★☆ · July 14, 2013
There has been quite a bit of discussion about the leaks of Edward Snowden recently—whether they were helpful or harmful—and within those debates, there has been even more discussion about what the role of journalism should be. Should it simply present people with information in the most "objecti... ...more
By David (Bountiful, UT) · ★★★★☆ · January 14, 2009
This book very nearly got 5 stars from me (I generally avoid 5 star ratings). It was very eye-opening to see the forces at work that encourage reporters to cover things in the unhelpful way that so many of them do. It ends by offering a glimmer of hope in the fact that there is a movement in some... ...more
By Jennie (Westlake, OH) · ★★★★☆ · February 20, 2008
I first read this about ten years ago in college and picked it up again not too long ago. It is a great read, but really depressing for anyone who looks to the media to act as a watchdog on government. ...more
By Ryan (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 25, 2011
While dated with its examples, the book is prescient in content. The situation Fallows describes is even more true today than in the 90s and the warnings more important. An important read. ...more
By Steve (Rego Park, NY) · ★★★★☆ · May 20, 2013
Wow. Holds up incredibly well and makes a lot of sense today, even though things like Twitter weren't around when it was written. Very impressive. ...more
By Caro (Mountain View, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 08, 2007
Interesting review of the media industry analyzing it as a competitive sport, rtaher than as a genuine, earnest provide of information. ...more
By Hera (Jakarta, Indonesia) · ★★★★☆ · September 15, 2007
Confirming that journalists from developed countries are not necessary better (paging Jane Perlez!!) :) ...more
By Lainadiamond (Washington, DC) · ★★★★☆ · August 01, 2008
I read this in college but it really struck me and has stayed with me through the years. ...more