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Its Not True? Media Myths and the Stories that Spawned Th

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W. Joseph Campbell addresses 10 prominent media myths, such as the claim that Walter Cronkite’s on-air editorializing altered the course of the Vietnam War. He also discusses the notion that Orson Welles’ 1938 radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds created widespread panic and mass hysteria, and that reporters for the Washington Post brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency. How do such claims come to be taken as fact, and how should we learn to discriminate among them?moreless
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