‘It’s very hard to see a future for journalism . . . and truth’

Ten years ago, Guardian journalist Nick Davies’s polemic Flat Earth News ripped apart his own profession. A decade on, with Trump and Facebook in ascendance, he says things have reached crisis point

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
17th June, 2018
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Nick Davies: ‘Journalists are not particularly popular people, but that’s terribly unfair’ Pic: Camera Press

Nick Davies – one of Britain’s top investigative reporters and the author of Flat Earth news, a searing examination of journalism’s structural failings – has always been worried about journalistic groupthink. He has a recent example that illustrates his point: the coverage of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

In the welter of stories about Russian interference in the US presidential election, Skripal’s poisoning was seen...

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