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Charles Lewis

935 Lies

The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity


"With the founding of the Center for Public Integrity in the 1980s, Charles Lewis probably did more than anyone else to launch institutional nonprofit journalism in America . . . 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."

—Richard J. Tofel, president of ProPublica (in his Wall Street Journal book review, July 15, 2014)

There couldn’t be a more timely book than this one -- "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity," by Charles Lewis, one of our premier journalists who has inspired many of us in this craft to aim high and dig deep.

—Bill Moyers, Host, Moyers & Company, PBS

“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 and former executive editor, The Washington Post

“Insightful. Original. Provocative. Charles Lewis at his best!”

—Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, and 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

“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

“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

“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


935 Lies

by Charles Lewis

The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity