Synopses & Reviews
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 and#147;furnish the warand#8221; in the 1898 conflict with Spain? In Getting It Wrong, W. Joseph Campbell addresses and dismantles these and other prominent media-driven mythsand#151;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 casesand#151;including the supposedly outstanding coverage of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrinaand#151;Campbell describes how myths like these can feed stereotypes, deflect blame from policymakers, and overstate the power and influence of the news media.
"The value of these studies is . . . in the detailed and illuminating research Campbell has applied to each."
and#8220;This well-written and well-researched book will be of interest to historians, journalism scholars, and sociologists.and#8221;
and#8220;Toting big guns and an itchy trigger-finger, Campbell flattens established myths that you were brought up to believe were true.and#8221;
"It may be the best book about journalism in recent memory; it is certainly the most subversive."
"Persuasive and entertaining."--Wall Street Journal
and#8220;Campbell's Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism is essential reading not just for journalists but all consumers of the news.and#8221;
“Persuasive and entertaining.” Edward Kosner
“Exquisitely researched and lively.” Nick Gillespie - Reason
"The value of these studies is . . . in the detailed and illuminating research Campbell has applied to each." Denver Post
and#8220;Written by a scholar who makes intricate facts clear, employing English, not Scholarspeak, Getting it Wrong is an eye-opener.and#8221;
“A useful book . . . which among other things answers the question about the importance of debunking media-driven myths.” Judy Solberg, Seattle Univ. Lib. - Library Journal
and#8220;A solid resource for those interested in journalism.and#8221;
"On the wall at the fabled Chicago News Bureau there hung a banner proclaiming, 'IF YOUR MOTHER SAYS SHE LOVES YOU, CHECK IT OUT.' Campbell has taken that ukase to heart. Heand#8217;s carved out a niche as the guy who tracks down things everyone knows to be true and proves that everyoneand#8217;s wrong. He is a dedicated debunker. Heand#8217;s also the author of Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism, a heavily documentedand#8212;and persuasiveand#8212;book."
and#8220;Persuasive and entertaining.and#8221;
and#8220;Exquisitely researched and lively.and#8221;
and#8220;A useful book . . . which among other things answers the question about the importance of debunking media-driven myths.and#8221;
and#147;If daily journalism constitutes history's first rough draft, then Getting it Wrong
certainly reveals how rough that draft can be. Joseph Campbell is a dogged and first-rate scholar.and#8221;and#151;Neil Henry, Dean, University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
"Dr. Campbell has done meticulous research that examines ten media myths in context. This book rightfully calls us to rethink some significant errors that have become a part of our history and our collective memories. It is just downright interesting reading."and#151;Wallace B. Eberhard, recipient of the American Journalism Historians Association Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Chapter One. "I'll Furnish the War": The Making of a Media Myth
Chapter Two. Fright beyond Measure? The Myth of The War of the Worlds
Chapter Three. Murrow vs. McCarthy: Timing Makes the Myth
Chapter Four. The Bay of Pigsand#150;New York Times Suppression Myth
Chapter Five. Debunking the "Cronkite Moment"
Chapter Six. The Nuanced Myth: Bra Burning at Atlantic City
Chapter Seven. It's All about the Media: Watergate's Heroic-Journalist Myth
Chapter Eight. The "Fantasy Panic": The News Media and the Crack-Baby Myth
Chapter Nine. "She Was Fighting to the Death": Mythmaking in Iraq
Chapter Ten. Hurricane Katrina and the Myth of Superlative Reporting