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Getting It Wrong

Thursday, August 05, 2010

W. Joseph Campbell debunks ten prominent media-driven myths by the news media: such as the notion that the Washington Post’s reporting on the Watergate scandal brought down Richard Nixon, or that William Randolph Hearst vowed to “furnish the war” in the 1898 conflict with Spain. In Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in Journalism, he explores these and other cases that feed stereotypes, deflect blame, and overstate the power and influence of the news media.

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W. Joseph Campbell
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Comments [3]

gaetano catelli from Greenpernt, Crooklyn

i'm pleasantly surprised that Senator Joe McCarthy was discussed in this segment. it's an issue that is almost never broached on this program.

Aug. 07 2010 09:37 AM
Otto from NY

I would be interested in hearing your guest comment on the media's recent wild exaggeration of supposed "epidemics" such as "swine flu", "bird flu," "SARS," "mad cow disease", and the like. Thank you. By the way, this is a great show and I listen every day.

Aug. 05 2010 12:39 PM
j hickey

"IF IT ISN'T A SCOOP, DISMISS IT AS POOP!"

Contrast the American audience for broadcast television's Walter Cronkite v that for Halberstrom, for broadcast television's Ed Murrow v. Drew Pearson.

Dr. Johnson has contrived myths based on the feeblest and most naive understanding of basic media theory.

Aug. 05 2010 12:35 PM

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