Blowing the whistle on media complicity with power
When Patrick Chalmers joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent, he thought he'd found the ultimate job in journalism. Inspired by the agency's commitment to freedom from bias, he looked forward to a career of reporting round the world. A decade later, he walked away to be an activist.
Fraudcast News recounts how Patrick's eyes were opened. Deftly mixing the personal and political, he gives a rare insider view of our media's failures. Far from holding the powerful to account, they present the news in ways that serve narrow elites, promoting their interests and priorities. Though some reporters bark, very few ever bite. Most are more lapdog than watchdog, leaving the public misinformed.
The consequences stretch around the planet. Poor reporting of the structures of power allows the privileged to amass vast wealth at the expense of the rest of us. Conventional media skate around the problems, doing little to highlight the causes, still less solutions. Fraudcast News describes how ordinary people could do far better, bringing to life the alternative stories that might change our world."For me, a truly great book is one that stays in your thoughts for a long time after reading it. I thought about this book daily for months after finishing it, because its main argument seems to be at the root of almost every injustice in the world."
Mat Ward, Green Left Weekly
"A revealing insight into why the media are failing to inform the public about some of the most fundamental and important challenges facing us today."
Ben Dyson, Founder of Positive Money
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Paperback, 238 pages, February 2012
I've published the book independently, meaning I can give away free PDFs if I want to, which I do. It also means I need all the promotional help I can get from friends, family and anyone else who wishes for more accountable journalism and politics in their lives.
Any assistance is welcome. You could just forward this page link to your friends, or copy and paste its contents into an email. You could review and rate the book online here, "follow" me on Twitter (@PatrickChalmers), "like" the book on Facebook or subscribe and follow the Fraudcast News blog.
If you get really carried away, you could get me to do an author's reading, short film screening, book signing and Q+A session. If geography's a challenge, you might arrange for me to do a skype phone or video interview with your local newspaper, radio or television station. Maybe you have other ideas for stunts I could try - though I draw the line at invading sovereign nations just because they've got things I want.