Merchants of Truth

The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
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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.

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 audiobook points us to the future.

©2019 Jill Abramson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Writing at its finest

Whilst the book might be marred by accusations of plagiarism, don’t let that deter you from Abramson’s brilliant reporting, writing and analysis.

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Exhaustive collection of notes

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The flow reveals that the author assembled notes over a period of years, and then arranged in an order that makes sense. The author knows the field, and others who share this knowledge set will have an easier listen unlike me.

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The narrator start to finish uttered declarative phrases with rising intonation (uptalk). This style often created ambiguity of the author's intended meanings.

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There's a lot to learn. I think it's a difficult book to listen to, and I'm torn between wanting to learn the material and being willing to use a credit on this book.




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Good story if read with NYTimes bias filter

The reader and tempo was very good. A good read for someone interested in the mechanics and 21st century transformation of the print news business. Best listen to with a NYTimes progressive bias filter. The story is focus on progressive or liberal papers and make like mention of the conservative print media. Best take away was how much the news now incorporates and hidden advertising. Worth the read.