Kirsti's Reviews > True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

True Enough by Farhad Manjoo
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Apr 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: anger, history, journalism, nonfiction, politics
Read in May, 2012

Interesting information about biases in news coverage and in readers' and viewers' perception of that coverage. One study found that "presidents . . . don't matter much" when it comes to shaping public opinion about a particular issue: "For every broadcast featuring a president advocating a certain message, public opinion will move only about a third of a point in the direction the president favors. . . . Presidents with approval ratings under 50 percent have almost no effect on public opinion." So who affects public opinion? Newscasters and experts. Also, "low-feedback" topics like climate change and globalization are much easier to report on in a slanted way than objective, high-feedback topics like sports scores and weather forecasts.

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