Truth Worth Telling

Truth Worth Telling

A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

Audiobook CD - 2019
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A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor or CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed the world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he's known for decades.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Harlequin Audio,, [2019]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2019
ISBN: 9781488256370
1488256373
Branch Call Number: CD 070.195092 P389P
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (16 1/4 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
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Kendiana_Jones
Aug 30, 2020

I listened to the book on CD, as read by the author. Scott Pelley is a good writer, but the news stories he includes are often unpleasant. I really didn’t want to hear the gory details of 9/11 again. Nor were war, bombings, or terrorism fun to listen to. Some of the topics were new to me though, and I enjoyed them.

Scott Pelley opens his book by telling his readers/listeners how objective and non-partisan he is. Unfortunately, it is simply not true. The choices of words he used revealed his biases all too easily, which of course, retracted from the reporting. Truth Worth Telling? Heavily filtered truth, unfortunately.

There was also a big inconsistency in his standards. Pelley repeatedly makes the point of how he requires two independent sources in order to verify a story before he will report it. And yet, when speaking of President George W. Bush and intelligence on Iraq’s nuclear ambitions, Pelley asserts that since one source was proven wrong, therefore Bush “knew” that the claims of an Iraqi nuclear program were false. Couldn’t there be a second source? With one source debunked, Pelley essentially declared that no others could exist. And I thought it was impossible to “prove a negative”.

All in all, the audiobook is just a showcase of Pelley’s reporting. He takes obvious delight in reading chosen selections of his own words, i.e. “showing off” his prose proudly. I will say it again – he is a good writer. But this book comes across as entirely too self-serving to merit a recommendation.

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