Manipulating the Message How Powerful Forces Shape the News by Cecil RosNer

Thought-provoking, mind-blowing, earth-shattering and dumbfounding are words I would immediately use to describe this read. Manipulating the Message is a must-read for anyone in the field of journalism, who has ever read a newspaper and has ever wondered about the greater picture. If we are to learn from our past and improve our future, it is with books like this one by Canadian author and investigative Journalist Cecil Rosner, published by Dundurn Press.

“To have an investigative journalist challenge the norm of what print and television media is, to me, is simply brilliant.”

Rosner questions, well, everything and everyone and forces the reader down a rabbit hole while challenging the concept of a rabbit hole even existing. A guide to teaching the value of thinking critically, the Winnipeg author invites everyone to dig deeper, think harder and take more time to digest the headlines and who is writing and funding them. By including full case scenarios and discussing how easily a question can be asked to lead to only one answer, this book packs a punch that can take one’s breath away.

And then I realized I shouldn’t be taking all of Rosner’s words to heart, either which added yet another layer of complexity to this book. While the language and writing style made it easy to read, the context and concept of it slowed me down as I kept wondering where to start digging first. If the author was pointing to one rabbit hole, should I be falling down that one or digging elsewhere to create my own way through?

To have an investigative journalist challenge the norm of what print and television media is, to me, is simply brilliant. It shows he has done his research, walked the walk and talked the talk, even wrote the words in articles, and understands the complexity of tight deadlines, easy access and paid paths as well as their effects on perspective. With that perspective making headlines by trusted sources in the media, Rosen risks a great deal by inviting everyday readers to trust their instincts, doubt the experts and, in the most direct sense possible, follow the money.

About the Author

Cecil Rosner is an award-winning investigative journalist whose career as a reporter, television producer, and news manager spans four decades. He has exposed wrongdoing, uncovered wrongful convictions, and revealed systemic injustice. An adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg, he has trained journalists across Canada. He lives in Winnipeg.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dundurn Press (Oct. 31 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1459751256
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1459751255