Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias (Prometheus Books, August 2016)

Editorial Reviews


“It’s not surprising that as a media literacy advocate I believe Skewed is an essential read. With the information overload we experience daily, there has never been a more important time to reflect on bias, polarization, and objectivity in journalism. Skewed takes us on a deep dive into these issues, which are vital to our democracy today. It asks important questions and makes us think about the news we consume and create. I hope this book sparks conversation in every classroom in the United States.”

—MICHELLE CIULLA LIPKIN, executive director, National Association for Media Literacy Education

“Hard news is passing through a difficult period of change. Print news is fading, television journalism has become little more than profit-seeking entertainment masquerading as real news, and meanwhile the World Wide Web caters to every bias and delusion. All this comes, of course, at the expense of truth, reality, and an informed public. Skewed is an urgent, invaluable, must-read book for everyone who consumes news of any kind. Well-written and thoroughly enlightening, this book is packed with many brilliant insights and practical tips. Atkins shows us how best to navigate through the deceptive, dishonest, and socially destructive jungle that is contemporary news.”

—GUY P. HARRISON, author of Good Thinking and 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

“In the digital age, when we have the world at our fingertips—and often in the palm of our hand—it’s essential that we be critical consumers of information. That starts by understanding the role of journalism, its place in our democracy, and how we arrived at this polarized point in time. Larry Atkins provides a comprehensive history and analysis of the impact of journalism, in a transparent, readable, and rather-objective fashion. This isn’t information that should be absorbed only by journalism students or media literacy scholars. This is information that is relevant to anyone who believes in liberty and aspires to live in a just, tranquil, and prosperous society.”

—GEORGE MILLER, associate professor of journalism, Temple University

Skewed is packed with practical information, deep insights, and Larry Atkins’s grounded common sense. Highly recommended!”

—JONATHAN MABERRY, New York Times–bestselling author of Patient Zero and Kill Switch

“For two decades, Americans trusted one man, Walter Cronkite, to tell them what was happening in the world. His sign-off line, ‘And that’s the way it is,’ was a nightly reminder of his journalistic objectivity. Today, with our seemingly unlimited news sources, we have to settle for . . . ‘truthiness.’ Larry Atkins’s book Skewed shows us how to get past the talking heads, the yelling, and the snarky reporting to understand the reality behind the story.”

—DAN GIANCATERINO, Education Services Manager, Jenkins Law Library

“A useful account of a valuable dimension of contemporary journalism—a must-read.”

—SHEKHAR DESHPANDE, professor, Department of Media and Communications, Arcadia University

About the Author

Larry Atkins is a journalist, a lawyer, and a university journalism professor. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Temple University, Arcadia University, and Montgomery County Community College. He has written more than four hundred articles, op-eds, and essays for many publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Plain Dealer (Cleveland), the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit News,, the Los Angeles Daily News, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and many others. He has been interviewed by many media outlets, including National Public Radio. He is the author of Larry the Liberal Lawyer Lashes Out and contributed a chapter to The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1633881652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633881655
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches

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Larry The Liberal Lawyer Lashes Out

Larry The Liberal Lawyer Lashes Out is a “best of” collection of Op-Eds and essays from Larry Atkins, one of the top freelance Op-Ed writers in America. The issues covered include politics, law, journalism, current events, social issues in sports, humor, and Philadelphia-related topics. Atkins teaches Editorial Writing at Temple University and Journalism at Arcadia University. He has written over 350 Op-Eds, articles, and essays for many publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News, Detroit News, Hartford Courant, Indianapolis Star, Jewish Exponent, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Daily News, National Public Radio (Commentaries for Morning Edition and Only a Game), Newark Star-Ledger, Newsday, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Metro, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Writer Magazine. He wrote a chapter on Op-Eds and essays for the ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing (St. Martin’s Press).

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  1. I would recommend Larry’s book. It was a great read.

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