Detecting Bull: How to Identify Bias and Junk Journalism in Print, Broadcast and on the Wild Web



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Detecting Bull shares some chapters with a companion book written for a general audience, rather than for students. Don't Be Fooled: A Citizen's Guide to News and Information in the Digital Age, received these pre-publication reviews for material that is also presented in Detecting Bull.

Robert W. McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois: "A tour de force for anyone trying to sift through the muck and understand the news today. John McManus has taken his decades of experience as an outstanding journalist and scholar and produced one of the most accessible and useful books in years. I strongly recommend it."


Judy Muller, Professor of Journalism, University of Southern California Annenberg School, former ABC News Correspondent and NPR commentator: "Quite simply – the best roadmap I’ve seen for navigating the twists and turns in the ever-evolving media landscape. As a journalist and an educator committed to making “news literacy” as vital as the “three R’s”, I am immensely grateful to John McManus for this book, which comes at a time when the digital revolution is spawning an unprecedented flood of information and disinformation every day. McManus helps us ferret out the bull and the bias, including our own."

Michael J. Copps, former member of the Federal Communications Commission: "This Guide says a lot in relatively few pages.  Every citizen concerned about the future of this country should read it in order to understand how so much of journalism is now failing us and to discern how to better understand what's actually happening from our local communities to the global arena."

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist: "These days, all sorts of misinformation is reported as fact. Since very little fact-checking is done these days, citizens have to figure out how to sort out fact from deception. Don't Be Fooled helps get the job done, providing real ways anyone can subject what they hear to a simple SMELL test."