Covering the Plague: AIDS and the American Media

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Rutgers University Press, 1989 - Health & Fitness - 299 pages
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Whenever AIDS seemed to pose a threat to "the general population" (i.e., non-intravenous-drug-using heterosexuals), the U.S. news media gave the epidemic prominent attention, argues Kinsella. But for the most part, he finds, the media avoided or trivialized the AIDS story in its early years, and even today betrays homophobic bias and a head-in-the-sand attitude. In this thorough, often gripping study, Kinsella, a former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner editor, shows how the media and medical experts fumbled the AIDS story. Randy Shilts, the gay San Francisco reporter who wrote And the Band Played On , is portrayed as an ambitious news-hound who sometimes overdramatized or misreported information. Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw get low marks for their handling or noncoverage of AIDS news.
 

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The initial failure of the media to recognize the importance of AIDS and its continued irresponsible reporting have contributed to the devastating effects of the disease, says Kinsella, editorial ... Read full review

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I knew Jim Kensella. I can't find him. He was special. Yes, he was angry about society's failure to address the plague. If he is still with us, please let me know. He was bright, and handsome, and extraordinary. If he sees this, I knew him in Sacramento. He wanted to be a journalist, but the magazine for which he worked sent him on restaurant reviews. He didn't like that.  

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter
7
Taking It Personally
25
Chapter 4
50
Sex Death and Good Old Gray
59
A Killer on the Cover
87
Controlling What We Know
106
Chapter 7
122
Chapter 11
225
Conclusion
254
Notes
271
Index
289
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