• Slanted

  • How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (629 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Sharyl Attkisson takes on the media’s misreporting on Black Lives Matter, coronavirus, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley censorship, and more.

When the facts don’t fit their narrative, the media abandons the facts, not the narrative. Virtually every piece of information you get through the media has been massaged, shaped, curated, and manipulated before it reaches you. Some of it is censored entirely. The news can no longer be counted on to reflect all the facts. Instead of telling us what happened yesterday, they tell us what’s new in the prepackaged soap opera they’ve been calling the news.

For the past four years, five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author Sharyl Attkisson has been collecting and dissecting alarming incidents tracing the shocking devolution of what used to be the most respected news organizations on the planet. For the first time, top news executives and reporters representing every major national television news outlet - from ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN to FOX and MSNBC - speak frankly, confiding in Attkisson about the death of the news as they once knew it. Their concern transcends partisan divides.

Most frightening of all, a broad campaign in the media has convinced many Americans not only to accept but to demand censorship over journalism. It is a stroke of genius on the part of those seeking to influence public opinion: undermine public confidence in the news, then insist upon “curating” information and divining the “truth”. The thinking is done for you. They’ll decide which pesky facts shouldn’t cross your desk by declaring them false, irrelevant, debunked, unsafe, or out-of-bounds.

We have reached a state of utter absurdity, where journalism schools teach students that their own personal truth or chosen narratives matter more than reality. In Slanted, Attkisson digs into the language of propagandists, the persistence of false media narratives, the driving forces behind today's dangerous blend of facts and opinion, the abandonment of journalism ethics, and the new, Orwellian definition of what it means to report the news. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Sharyl Attkisson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Connecting the dots

Ms. Atkinson connects the dots to make her case. As a former prosecutor, I appreciate her honest evidence. I only wish we had more journalists willing to tell the truth!!

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A warning from a reliable source with good access

Ms. Attkisson may be one of the last true American journalists left in America. This is a thoroughly researched, fact-based expose of the media industry in America. She reveals corporate media to be a heavily left-biased activist entity devoid of any journalistic integrity, and little morality. Read this book instead of watching the news and you will become smarter.

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Outstanding!

If you want to truly understand the landscape of today’s media and how it came to be, this is the book to read. I appreciate Sheryl’s insights and objectivity in presenting the facts. To quote the book: It’s both heartbreaking and mind blowing. The last chapter provides a list of media outlets and reporters who do real reporting. That alone is worth the price of the book but the entire read should give everyone great pause and motivate us all to demand better of the mainstream media.

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its a great read

as if you didn't know the media was biased...this book really shows her personal journey of dealing with it. really informative. worth the read.

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Undeniable Proof! Mainstream Media is Fake News!!

It's clear that the mainstream media is against truth. CNN is simply an extension of the Democrat Party!

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amazing.

every American should be reading this. journalism really is that bad, or better yet, true factual journalism is dead!!!

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Excellent!

Thank you, Sharyl, for exposing the depth of today’s media slant! With more voices like yours, maybe we can flush the memory hole down the memory hole!

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Eye opening

This is a must listen. Shocking to learn that we are being sponged the narrative while opposing facts are ignored or berated and destroyed.

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Enlightening

Excellent description of what true journalism is and how opinionated and slanted it has become. It is filled with objective discussions along with many examples of verification. Very educational and enlightening.

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Thank You

Every journalist and consumer of media should read this book. Read 1984 while you’re at it too!

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  • 03-06-21

Welcome to the Orwellian.

Ever get that feeling, you know something's wrong but you can't quite put your finger on it? Well, welcome to an insider's perspective on how things are actually being manipulated behind the scenes. Whilst they (media establishment) may claim they are not "lying" to us, they are most certainly dishonest by omissions and providing a slanted perspective of half truths. This is disgusting and dangerous in what is fast becoming a polarised, deceitful, hypocritical and intolerant world.

Thank you Sharyl Attkisson for you bravery and integrity!

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  • 04-08-21

Insightful. An arrow north in a lost place.

Based on wisdom and experience this is a thought provoking analysis of journalism and media narrative in the era of 'bombshell' news. It's a shame the audio production feels rushed as at times it was far less than crisp, Regardless, this is well worth a listen and I feel it captures the nuance of the perceivable change in news delivery since 9/11, that has only accelerated since the Trump presidency.

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  • 05-28-21

A symptom of post-modernist neo-marxism

This book catalogues numerous examples of where leftist groupthink narratives run counter to the truth. Far fewer examples are provided from the other side.

I suspect that this is, in large part, due to the cultural influence of post-modernist neo-marxism i.e. the driving force behind critical social justice theory and its movements such as BLM. This leftist ideology openly and unashamedly admits to prioritising political utility over the truth and is unconcerned by its own inconsistencies, contradictions and hypocrisy.

Note: For those new to this topic, please be aware that, as with all critical social justice theory concepts, the term 'critical social justice theory' is, itself, a triumph of cynical and manipulative wordplay over reality. It is not about critical thinking nor about justice, not as those terms are commonly understood by those not steeped in this intellectually corrosive ideology.

Critical social justice theory has buttressed itself in academia from where it has been churning out miseducated graduates who have then moved into all the social institutions including, of course, the media. The author correctly identifies that many of today's journalists see their role not as reporters of the news but as guardians of the narrative. They are more interested in activism than journalism. This is hardly surprising when you consider that journalism students are taught by similarly skewed academics who are more interested in activism than scholarship.

In this light, the balance of examples in this book is quite plausibly a reflection of the underlying reality during the Trump era rather than the product of the author's own bias, as some of the few one- and two-star reviewers have asserted.