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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
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