Getting it Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism

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University of California Press, 2010 - History - 269 pages
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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 myths--stories 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 cases--including the supposedly outstanding coverage of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina--Campbell describes how myths like these can feed stereotypes, deflect blame from policymakers, and overstate the power and influence of the news media.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
CHAPTER 1Ill Furnish the War
CHAPTER 2Fright beyond Measure?
CHAPTER 3Murrow vs McCarthy
CHAPTER 4The Bay of PigsNew YorkTimes Suppression Myth
CHAPTER 5Debunking the Cronkite Moment
CHAPTER 1OHurricane Katrina and the Myth of Superlative Reporting
Conclusion
Notes
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 6The Nuanced Myth
CHAPTER 7Its All about the Media
CHAPTER 8The Fantasy Panic
CHAPTER 9She Was Fighting to the Death
Select Bibliography
Index
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W. Joseph Campbell is Professor in the School of Communication at American University. He is the author of four other books, including Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies and The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms.

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