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Merchants of Truth: The Business of Facts and the Future of News

Author: Abramson, Jill
Narrator: Lavoy, January
Format: CD
Nonfiction Coming Soon
February 2019
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Summary: 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. Jill Abramson follows four companies: The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE Media over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The new digital reality nearly kills two venerable newspapers with an aging readership while creating two media behemoths with a ballooning and fickle audience of millennials. We get to know the defenders of the legacy presses as well as the outsized characters who are creating the new speed-driven media competitors. The players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron ( The Washington Post) , Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet ( The New York Times), Jonah Peretti ( BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith ( VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers . 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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