University of California Press
Getting It Wrong: Ten Of The Greatest Misreported Stories In American Journalism
- Publish Date: 2010-07-12
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: W. Joseph Campbell
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Did the Washington Post bring down Richard Nixon by reporting on the Watergate scandal? Did a cryptic remark by Walter Cronkite effectively end the Vietnam War? Did William Randolph Hearst vow to furnish the war in the 1898 conflict with Spain? In Getting It Wrong, W. Joseph Campbell addresses and dismantles these and other prominent media-driven mythsstories about or by the news media that are widely believed but which, on close examination, prove apocryphal. In a fascinating exploration of these and other casesincluding the supposedly outstanding coverage of New Orleans during Hurricane KatrinaCampbell describes how myths like these can feed stereotypes, deflect blame from policymakers, and overstate the power and influence of the news media.