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UnSpun : finding facts in a world of disinformation

Author: Brooks Jackson; Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, ©2007.
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Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half truths, misleading statements, and out and out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media, once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic, are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions. This book is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by the founders of the website FactCheck.org, it reveals  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brooks Jackson; Kathleen Hall Jamieson
ISBN: 9781400065660 1400065666
OCLC Number: 76416677
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: A world of spin --
From snake oil to emu oil --
A bridesmaid's bad breath : warning signs of trickery --
"Tall" coffees and assault weapons : tricks of the deception trade --
UFO cults and US : why we get spun --
Facts can save your life --
The great crow fallacy : finding the best evidence --
Osama, Ollie, and Al : the Internet solution --
Was Clarence Darrow a creationist? : how to be sure --
Staying unSpun.
Other Titles: Finding facts in a world of disinformation
Responsibility: Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson.
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Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half truths, misleading statements, and out and out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media, once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic, are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions. This book is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of disinformation. Written by the founders of the website FactCheck.org, it reveals the secrets of separating facts from disinformation, such as: the warning signs of spin, hype, and bogus news; common tricks used to deceive us; how to find trustworthy and objective sources of information. Telling fact from fiction should not be a difficult task. This book helps readers cut through the haze of biased media reportage to be a savvier consumer and a better-informed citizen. A practical guide to identifying bunk from fact twisting political ads and dubious infomercials to corporate PR and false e-mails; it explains how and where to pick out the truth from the masses of misleading messages and fake resources.

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by LCBane (WorldCat user on 2008-05-30)

Table of Contents (ISBN 978-1-4000-6566-0) Introduction: A World of Spin ... vii Chapter 1: From Snake Oil to Emu Oil ... 3 Chapter 2: A Bridesmaid's Bad Breath: Warning Signs of Trickery ... 25 Chapter 3: "Tall" Coffees and Assault Weapons: Tricks of the Deception Trade ... 43 Chapter 4: UFO Cults and Us: Why We Get Spun ... 65 Chapter 5: Facts Can Save Your Life ... 83 Chapter 6: The Great Crow Fallacy: Finding the Best Evidence ... 103 Chapter 7: Osama, Ollie, and Al: The Internet Solution ... 127 Chapter 8: Was Clarence Darrow a Creationist?: How to Be Sure ... 153 Conclusion: Staying unSpun ... 179 Acknowledgments 186 Index ... 189 (About the Authors ... 196)

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Truth vs. Lies

by LCBane (WorldCat user published 2008-06-03) Excellent Permalink
I was amazed during the Bush v. Kerry debate when newscasters referred openly to the Spin Zone or the Spin Room, where news correspondents would go after the debates to have debates “clarified” for them. I couldn’t believe that people would so openly accept “spinning,” which to me meant deceiving or...
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