View Full Version : Misreported stories in US journalism

05-17-2015, 11:55 AM
What ever became of crack babies? Hurricane Katrina super-coverage by the media? Was the NYT actually responsible for the Bay of Pigs fiasco? All these & more! - as the blurb writers tend to say. A very readable, but important series of balloon-popping stories. The US print media, especially, have gone loopy over awarding themselves prizes, & being proud of standing on ever-shrinking ground.

Here's a partial antidote. The media never want to go back & fix mistaken impressions - especially when they've caused them. See the Jessica Lynch story, for instance.
Getting it wrong : ten of the greatest misreported stories in American journalism / W.Joseph Campbell. , c2010, U. CA Press

Journalistic ethics -- United States -- History -- 20th century. (http://javascript<strong></strong>:;)
Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States -- History -- 20th century. (http://javascript<strong></strong>:;)
Press and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century. (http://javascript<strong></strong>:;)
Sensationalism in journalism -- United States. -- History -- 20th century. (http://javascript<strong></strong>:;)
Journalism -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century. (http://javascript<strong></strong>:;)


"I'll furnish the war": the making of a media myth -- Fright beyond measure? the myth of The war of the worlds -- Murrow vs. McCarthy: timing makes the myth -- The Bay of Pigs-New York Times suppression myth -- Debunking the "Cronkite moment" -- The nuanced myth: bra burning at Atlantic City -- It's all about the media: Watergate's heroic-journalist myth -- The "fantasy panic": the news media and the crack-baby myth -- "She was fighting to the death": mythmaking in Iraq -- Hurricane Katrina and the myth of superlative reporting -- Conclusion.

[B]Length xiii, 269 p. : pictures, index, bibliography, notes

Links are illustrative only.

05-17-2015, 12:56 PM
We have adopted a Canadian attention span and will not pay attention to anything that don't have lots of motion and bright colors. Even then after 8 seconds we are no longer interested.

valley ranch
09-15-2015, 05:23 PM
The Canadians brought our people out of Iran when our embassy was attacked. God love them.

You're correct about the attention span.