One of Us is Lying

by

Karen McManus

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A TV personality who hosts a weekly news show called Mikhail Powers Investigates. His early reports on the Bayview Four suggest they are guilty; as the investigation becomes more invasive, though, and after Cooper Clay is outed as gay, Mikhail’s reports turn defensive and suggest that the investigation is being handled poorly, to the detriment of all four students.

Mikhail Powers Quotes in One of Us is Lying

The One of Us is Lying quotes below are all either spoken by Mikhail Powers or refer to Mikhail Powers. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of One of Us is Lying published in 2017.
Chapter 16 Quotes

Four days after we're featured on the local news, the story goes national on Mikhail Powers Investigates. I knew it was coming, since Mikhail’s producers had tried to reach my family all week. We never responded, thanks to basic common sense and also Robin’s legal advice. Nate didn’t either, and Addy said she and Cooper both refused to talk as well. So the show will be airing in fifteen minutes without commentary from any of the people actually involved. Unless one of us is lying. Which is always a possibility.

Page Number: 175
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Chapter 24 Quotes

Maeve's hand finds mine as Mikhail drops his last bombshell—a screen capture of the 4chan discussion threads, with Simon’s worst posts about the Orange County school shooting highlighted:

Look, I support the notion of violently disrupting schools in theory, but this kid showed a depressing lack of imagination. I mean, it was fine, I guess. It got the job done. But it was so prosaic, Haven't we seen this a hundred times now? Kid shoots up school, shoots up sell film at eleven. Raise the stakes, for God's sake. Do something original.

A grenade, maybe. Samurai swords? Surprise me when you take out a bunch of asshole lemmings. That's all I'm asking.

Related Characters: Bronwyn Rojas (speaker), Simon Kelleher, Maeve Rojas, Mikhail Powers
Page Number: 271
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I'm not sure you could call it journalism, but Mikhail Powers Investigates definitely has an impact over the next few days. Somebody starts a Change.org petition to drop the investigation that collects almost twenty thousand signatures. The MLB and local colleges get heat about whether they discriminate against gay players. The tone of the media coverage shifts, with more questions being raised about the police’s handling of the case than about us. And when I return to school on Monday, people actually talk to me again. […] Maybe my life won’t ever be fully normal again, but by the end of the week I start to hope it'll be less criminal.

Related Characters: Bronwyn Rojas (speaker), Mikhail Powers
Page Number: 272
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Mikhail Powers Character Timeline in One of Us is Lying

The timeline below shows where the character Mikhail Powers appears in One of Us is Lying. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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...the minutes until a segment on Simon’s murder airs on the national show of Mikhail Powers, a popular news personality. Bronwyn and her family haven’t spoken to anyone affiliated with the... (full context)
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...the show together; as the program begins, Bronwyn feels her stomach tighten into knots. Mikhail Powers profiles each of the “Bayview Four,” and Maeve is troubled by how out-of-context and rudimentary... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...High party, and Nate enjoys a little anonymity until two girls recognize him from Mikhail Powers’ show. Nate says it wasn’t him on the show, but the girls know he’s lying.... (full context)
Chapter 20
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In the parking lot, Nate runs into Mikhail Powers, who has been waiting for him outside. Nate brushes Powers off, despite Powers’ offers to... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...midst of their simple, normal conversation, though, they hear other students talking about how Mikhail Powers’ film crew is out front, interviewing anyone who will talk to them. (full context)
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Cooper comes over to say hello, and Bronwyn jokingly asks if Cooper has given Mikhail Powers an interview yet. Leah, one table over, interjects that all four should give interviews and... (full context)
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...furiously on her phone, and tells Bronwyn that she’s sending Simon’s 4chan threads to Mikhail Powers’s team. She has been reading the threads for days, and is disturbed by the way... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...Bronwyn’s perspective. On Friday night, she and her family are sitting down to watch Mikhail Powers Investigates; as the program begins, she is struck by Powers’ changed tone. He excoriates the... (full context)
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Most stunningly, Mikhail Powers airs interviews with students harmed by Simon’s posts—and then displays screen-grabs of the violent 4chan... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...interview to the media in the week since the truth was revealed—she spoke to Mikhail Powers after he ambushed her outside her house. She said she had only one thing to... (full context)