Scott Brown
January 09, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Backstory: Inside the Business of News

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ken Auletta
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Auletta, unlike many of the media outlets he covers, is reasonably fair and balanced, a trusted name in news. From the lofty, tumultuous aerie of The New York Times to the bellowing bowels of Fox News, Backstory (culled mostly from his New Yorker investigations) claims to be a cogent reevaluation of free-press integrity in a post-synergy media culture. But there’s a looseness to these stories belied by Auletta’s connective ”postscripts,” which clumsily emphasize tenuous connections between stories he wrote years apart. (Is a Don Imus profile really relevant at this point?) Still, his acumen and incredible access make this required reading for both purveyors and consumers of ”content.”

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