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Opening Arguments

Oops times 10

This book sounded so intriguing I had to download it to my Kindle:

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.

It was there in about a minute, and since I have a gift card my brother gave me for my birthday, it was even free.  Ain't technology grand?

Posted in: All about me, Books


Fri, 10/15/2010 - 3:42pm

One hardly knows where to begin. Every educated person knows the examples you gave are, at best, exaggerated.
But more to the point, everyone knows it is SOP for conservatives to attack the media. Again, no surprises.
But you WORK for the media. Specifically, Ogden Newspapers. I know Ogden far better than you. You will be instructed to endorse the most conservative candidates whether you would have done so or not. You may receive a canned editorial shortly before the general election. They always do that.
The "liberal media" talking point is a myth. Only rich people can afford to own newspaper companies, and rich people hate to pay taxes. The underpaid reporters may tend to be lefties, but media outlets are almost always conservatives. Even the JG is moving to the right, as I'm sure you've noticed.

Leo Morris
Fri, 10/15/2010 - 3:49pm

Well, I haven't read the book yet, so I'll reserve judgment on how well it scores on the Every Educated Person Knows scale.

tim zank
Fri, 10/15/2010 - 6:40pm

Hey Littlejohn, When one hardly knows where to begin perhaps one just shouldn't.

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 2:50pm

Hey Tim. Have someone who went to college explain irony to you.
Leo: My friend, let me give you sarcasm lessons. You really aren't very good at it. You do have "not actually address the question" business down pretty well, though.
BTW, you have given me a good idea for my next book. If I can sell the concept, I give you a shout-out in the intro.