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“Charles Lewis probably did more than anyone else to launch institutional nonprofit journalism in America. So it is worth paying attention to what he has to say… His reflections, especially on network television, point up the inherent limits of our largest legacy news organizations and embody the hope that new entrants will fill the gaps in newsgathering and, thereby, enlarge the public's capacity for democratic governance.”—the Wall Street Journal

935 LIES provides a powerful survey of the quest for truth amid an explosion of mis-information and misinterpretations in everything from news reporting by traditional TV media to paid lobbyists, advocates, the Internet, and more. The truth becomes even more confusing and impossible under such an onslaught, and 935 Lies explores the many ways truth is manipulated by business and political interests alike. Any college-level reader concerned with the evolving world of disinformation will find this a powerful revealing study.” —Midwest Book Review

“At a time when truth is under siege, acclaimed investigative reporter Charles Lewis has given us a gripping insider’s guide to a new journalistic ecosystem which is exposing lies, greed, and abuses of power across the globe. For citizens everywhere who care about truth-telling and holding those in power accountable.”
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and publisher of The Nation

“Though people in Washington lie all the time, the word ‘lie’ is very rarely used. In 935 Lies, veteran investigative journalist Chuck Lewis reminds us, in vivid detail, of the many times government leaders and corporations have lied to us and sought to muscle the news business to keep it from exposing the truth. Don’t read it and weep ... read it and get angry!”
Ray Suarez, Host, Inside Story, Al Jazeera America

“In an engaging and challenging amalgam of memoir and expose, Charles Lewis, a career-long muckraking crusader for truth, takes no prisoners in a deeply researched exploration of outrageous lying to the public and too-often ineffectual commercial news media by the American government, politicians, and corporations. An energetic journalistic reformer, Lewis nevertheless sees hope for the future of truth in the digital revolution and the rise of public-spirited nonprofit news media, in which he has been a key player.”
Leonard Downie, Jr., Vice President-at-Large, the Washington Post

“Insightful. Original. Provocative. Charles Lewis at his best!”
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

“If you like straight talk, unvarnished history, and are not interested in being politically correct, this is the book for you.”
Seymour M. Hersh

“An amazingly sharp take on why trust in America’s leaders, institutions, and media is at an all-time low. Charles Lewis goes through far more than 935 lies from politicians, government, and corporations. He cuts to the lies we Americans tell ourselves.”
Juan Williams, author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, Fox News political analyst, and columnist for The Hill
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A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for the past thirty years, Charles Lewis is a tenured professor of journalism and, since 2008, the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop  at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of The Center for Public Integrity  and several other nonprofit organizations. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Title Short-Changes Value -- This is One of the Most Important Books of Our Time 12. Juli 2014
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I'm not thrilled with the title because it implies to the browser that the book is about the 935 now-documented lies that led to the war in Iraq, and that is not the case -- those lies are simply one of many evidentiary cases spanned a much broader spectrum. As the author himself outlines early on, the book is about a retrospective review of the struggle for truth from the lies that led to Viet-Nam to date (less 9/11); a concurrent review of the corruption and diminuition of commercial journalism; and finally, the future of the truth.

Start at the end -- on a whim I did, reading the 8th and final chapter first, and what I found not only persuaded me that this author is an intellectual and moral giant, but that he may yet have his most important work before him, the astonishing depth and breadth of his past 20 years not withstanding. Returning to the beginning, I appreciated the first seven chapters with the benefit of the author's own concluding perspective.

I would quibble with the author in starting with Viet-Nam, but it makes sense in the context of his focus on the Constitution as the first casualty, and the long march from giving the President war powers for Viet-Nam to letting Dick Cheney get away with 935 lies leading to Iraq. For me, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the Warren Commission cover-up are a more logical starting point. That was the point at which presidents ceased being president, and the start of what Matt Taibbi would later immortalize with a new word: Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.

Among the many integrated elements of this book that inspire my admiration are the woven tale of how information has been controlled by the government in a manipulative manner, and truth foresaken -- mission abdicated -- by the professional press -- along with stellar selections of quotations from key figures. In some ways I am reminded of Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present.

The perfect complement to this book's beginning is Daniel Ellsberg's Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers where I have a very long summary review. It is helpful to remember that J. Edgar Hoover was in charge of the FBI during this period, and in addition to being complicit in the assassination of both Kennedy's and Martin Luther King, was the originator of governance by blackmail -- he would surely drool today over how the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, along with all too many "federalized" adjuncts at the state and local level, are able to intimidate virtually anyone daring to risk independent thought.

Chapter three brings us home to the matter of race and the author's early discovery that just about everything the government says and does with respect to race is theater -- lip service -- dishonoring all that we allegedly stand for. This is the chapter that causes me to appreciate the author's broadness of reading -- every page sparkles with at least one recommended book title. Here I will add one of my own, William Pepper's An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King

Chapter four uses CIA activities in Chile, Guatemala, and El Salvador, as well as the Iran-Contra scandal, to explore secret foreign policy and the arrogance of power. There are some gems here, including the realization that there are many different US foreign policies on any given issue, each with its own variation of truth. The author cites Seymour Hersh in noting that [just as with Viet-Nam] the central issue here is the assumption by the Executive of war powers and enactment of treaty-level rampages without respect for the Constitutional authority of the Senate. He does not quote, but I choose to insert here, Henry Kissinger's now immortal quote from a Wikileaks cable, "The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer." And all those gathered in the White House laughed. As a complement to this chapter, see Ambassador Mark Palmer's book, Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025 -- the US Government is best pals with 42 of the 44 dictators on the planet. As I write this, elements of the US Government are still trying to throw Ghani in Afghanistan under the bus, and illegally instal Abdullah, a 100% Tajik who can be definition never win more than 40% of the vote no matter how much Iranian or CIA money he has going for him. Ghani won the election 60-40 (55-45 if you count the fraudulent votes Karzai arranged for Abdullah) and for reasons that escape me, the Secretary of State is in Afghanistan trying to pretend that Ghani lost, Abdullah won, and they should split the power (which in the case of Abdullah and the Panjshiri kleptocracy, means gaining a license to loot).

Chapter five, "Doubt Is Their Product," focuses on corporate lies and corporate pressures that have essentially shut down investigative jouralism. The author focuses on tobacco and ends with references to other industries and now the Koch Brothers (to which he might have added Justice Powell and the US Chamber of Commerce). Ralph Nader's book Unsafe At Any Speed was in fact about corporate irresponsibility -- his number two, Jim Turner, went on to focus on the irresponsibility of the industries reducing health and allegedly fostering health). True cost economics is not in this book, but I am inspired to believe this book is a starting point for the author's next 20 years, NOT just a summary of the past 20. There is so much to be done.

Chapter six explores the beginning of media self-censorship, media executive complicity with government misbehaviro and misrepresentation. I am struck by the US military declaration that "unwarranted criticism" is censorable.

QUOTE (164): "TV is an immensely powerful medium, but its potential to make astonishing sums of money is typically realized only by appealing to the lowest-common denominator instincts of viewers."

Someone smarter than me has observed that television destroyed in-depth reporting in historical context because there are no archives from the 15th Century (when Herat in Afghanistan was the capital of the Persian Empire). As I have watched the NYT and WSJ makes fools of themselves over the Afghan run-off election [see 15 truth-full posts on Ghani at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog], I have to conclude that both TV and print media have lost their minds -- over-paid reporters are getting by recycling unverified information and no one is doing what Robert Young Pelton, one of America's greatest journalist, does: go talk to those affected on the ground, outside the hotel -- it's actually much safer on the streets than most realize.

This chapter is finished in the final chapter -- the author begins to articulate a new ecology of truth-finding and truth-telling that is non-profit in nature, replacing the traditional media outlets that are financially unsustainable in their current configurations.

Chapter seven has this quote and I will leave it at that -- buy the book for this chapter (and the last) alone.

QUOTE (180): "Over the years, those unhappy with my investigations have tried just about everything to discourage me. They have issued supeonas, stalked my hotel rooms, escorted me off military bases, threatened me with arrest or with being thrown from a second-story window, hired shills to pose as reporters asking disruptive questions at nationally televised news conferences and even arranged to have death threats delivered by concerned state troopers who urged me to leave town immediately. (I didn't). And of course they have launched frivelous libel lawsuits that took years and cost hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars to fight before they were dismissed."

The last chapter floored me. This is the one chapter that should be in every single journalism course -- and every scientific research seminar, every civil activist training class, every government school, every business school (they still don't teach commercial intelligence), every law enforcement, media, military, and non-profit curriculum. This is the chapter that brings it all together and outlines an inspiring future in which non-profit journalism and a new model combining non-profit reporters, academic interns, and many others across all boundaries, come together what is in essence a healthy World Brain.

QUOTE (225): "Imagine a world in which individual researchers, public-interest activists, lawyers, political scientists, government prosecutors and investigators, corporate investigators, forensic accountants, political scientists (sic - second mention), computer experts, investigative historians, public anthropologists, and journalists are sometimes looking for truth in all the same places, using the same exciting new data technologies and analytics, exchanging ideas and information, and sometimes working and writing together, whether side by side or across borders and genres."

Wow. This is also a chapter that mentions a number of organizations that are trying -- but not succeeding -- at taking truth-finding and telling to the next level, and it includes some noteworthy book recommendations, such as Tim Wu's The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Vintage).

The author ends with a call for a new multi-disciplinary field he calls "Accountability Studies." It is at this point that I reflect the benefit of connecting the author to both Open Source Everything (the technical solution) and True Cost Economics as pioneeered by Herman Daly (see for instance For The Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future.

The legal counterpart to this book focused on the public's right to know and in particular the First Ammendment, is Danny Sheehan's The People's Advocate: The Life and Legal History of America's Most Fearless Public Interest Lawyer. On the economic side, in addition to Matt Taibbi's Griftopia cited above, I recommend William Greider's many books, and especially The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy.

I have to say that of all the books I have read in the past few years, this one has given me more hope in relation to the emergence of public intelligence in the public interest. I pray that the extraordinary accomplishments of the author and those he organized is but a preamble to the main event: the emergence of transparency, truth, and trust as a non-negotiable public good.

Best wishes to all
Robert David STEELE Vivas
INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability
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Why you're told what you're told. 6. Juli 2014
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A must read. You wonder why the TV news is so bland? Why the newspapers seem to gloss over what should be a big deal? Why the news media generally takes the government line, any government, any line, all the time? This book tells you why, and the story causes me great concern for our freedoms (what little we have that Bush/Cheney/Obama haven't taken).
This is a good read. It moves, doesn't drag, appears to have no political bias, and it documents all its positions. Buy it, rent it, whatever, just read it.
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Must Read!!! 5. Juli 2014
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This book finally exposes the fundamental truth that lying has become a normal practice and that there is no one side or the other that does it different. The fact that it takes on all genres and political ideologies makes it that much more credible when read. This book is highly important and should be read by all voters in the US. Another book that has this kind of honesty is American Séance. The American Séance book has solutions without allegiances or political motivation. This book is a lie detector test that publically denounces American Politicians and Big Business. It is vital at this point in history that we be honest with one another even if we disagree. This book sets a baseline.

“If you like the [health care] plan you have, you can keep it.”: President Barack Obama, November 6, 2009 (similarly stated numerous times)

“I can say categorically that . . . no one in the White House staff, no one in this Administration, presently employed, was involved in this very bizarre incident.”: President Richard Nixon, discussing the Watergate burglary, press conference, August 29, 1972

“We found the weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq]. We found biological laboratories.”: President George W. Bush, May 29, 2003
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The Truth About Bush Administration Lies That Cost America Trillions of Dollars and Thousands of Lives 1. Juli 2014
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I just saw an Internet comment alleging that Hillary led us into Iraq! While I don't excuse her voting for the invasion, such an allegation is incredibly malicious - and indicative of the need for '935 Lies' to help reaffirm, clarify, and set the record straight.

Author Lewis found that the Bush administration made 935 false statements in the two-year period prior to our invading Iraq. On at least 532 occasions they ominously declared that Iraq had WMD, was trying to produce or obtain them, and/or was significantly linked to al Qaeda. President Bush led with 259 false statements (231 about WMD in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al Qaeda), followed by Secretary of State Powell (244 false statements about WMS in Iraq and 10 about Iraqi links to al Qaeda. Also adding to the non-stop din - V.P. Cheney, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleisher and Scot McClellan. AND the Pentagon recruited and coached 75 retired military officers to be 'independent' paid consultants and media analysts to make the case for war in Iraq; many also had large, undisclosed tires to defense companies.

Another surprise - Halliburton, along with its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root, were overwhelmingly the largest financial beneficiaries of our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. (Turns out Cheney, while CEO of Halliburton, had doubled its lobbying, campaign contributions, and federal government contracts prior to becoming V.P.)

And what about our much-vaunted 'Fourth Estate?' Instead of critically investigating these false claims, they mostly uncritically simply relayed and repeated the administration's lies. Worse yet, a few reporters (eg. Judith Miller) even added to the lies. Congress did no better - including Hillary Clinton, eager to establish a reputation for being 'tough.'

The U.N. Security Council, however, was more skeptical - refusing to approve our demand for a pre-emptive invasion.

More than half of all Americans, per public opinion polls at the end of 2004, believed there had been WMD in Iraq. Some still do. Hopefully, they no longer will do so.

One suggestion - that Mr. Lewis publish another book about Bush administration lies about the economy, which together with the added expenditures of the Iraq and Afghanistan, created the Great Recession and ballooned our national debt.
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Every American Should Read This Book 9. Juli 2014
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This book lays bare the mythology we have bought for years about our glorious nation under god. Turns out there's a reason we believe we're special---part of the trappings of power. I agree.

Every American should read this book and learn. Learn that neither party has the honesty market cornered. Nope, you can't even say that one party is a little better than the other party. The lies both parties have told us have cost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars in treasure. From Johnson to Obama, we haven't had a truly honest man in the White House.

We're not talking about little lies either. Big stuff.

Please give this book a read. Then buy a few copies and give them as gifts---or curses. It's pretty rough to face the myths we believe in.
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