Former executive editor of The New York Times and one of our most eminent journalists Jill Abramson provides a “valuable and insightful” (The Boston Globe) report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade, as shown via two legacy (The New York Times and The Washington Post) and two upstart (BuzzFeed and VICE) companies as they plow through a revolution that pits old vs. new media.
“A marvelous book” (The New York Times Book Review), Merchants of Truth is the groundbreaking and gripping story of the precarious state of the news business.
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. “Abramson provides this deeply reported insider account of an industry fighting for survival. With a keen eye for detail and a willingness to interrogate her own profession, Abramson takes readers into the newsrooms and boardrooms of the legacy newspapers and the digital upstarts that seek to challenge their dominance” (Vanity Fair). 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. “One of the best takes yet on journalism’s changing fortunes” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Abramson’s book points us to the future.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Ambitious and thorough, Merchants of Truth is a must-read for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the modern American media. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson examines the intersecting histories of the Times, The Washington Post, VICE, and BuzzFeed in the early 21st century—and paints a picture of the outsize personalities sitting atop their mastheads. While these behemoths enter the era dedicated solely to journalism or entertainment, they are all transformed by the need to survive in a world ruled by Twitter, Facebook, and cable news. Abramson applies her considerable reportorial skills to what might just be the story of the century.
The internet killed off and resurrected journalism in unpredictable, hopeful, but corrupted ways, according to this scintillating insider's history. A former New York Times executive editor, Abramson (Strange Justice) profiles four major media companies in upheaval. Representing the dinosaurs are the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers, whose expensive, high-quality news operations faced bankruptcy a decade ago as print circulation and ad revenue shriveled. Representing online innovators are the website Buzzfeed, which pioneered "You Won't Believe What Happened Next" clickbait, and Vice, which morphed from an X-rated punk-hipster lifestyle magazine to gonzo-journalism video juggernaut. Abramson shows how the rivals learned and converged: Buzzfeed and Vice edged into award-winning prestige journalism, yet have struggled financially; the Times and Post mastered internet eyeball-grabbing strategies while amassing lucrative online subscriptions for their authoritative reporting; the price for all four, she notes, was an ethically queasy blurring of lines between paid advertising and news (the author's tense narrative of her Times editorship and controversial firing centers on this issue). Abramson's shrewd, stylishly written account includes colorful characters Vice's culture of sexual harassment featured a naked office walkabout by founder Shane Smith and savvy portraits of newsroom dynamics. The result is one of the best takes yet on journalism's changing fortunes.
Chock full of plagiarism and
Nonexistent fact checking. There have been multiple articles about this, and also Gavin Mcinnes from Vice went through some of the plagiarism in his recent podcast #122 of Get Off My Lawn.
Do not support books from "journalists" like this, they should be ashamed of how they make others in the field look bad.