The Truth Behind the Media Myths

In this book trailer, media-mythbuster W. Joseph Campbell gives a preview of his new book Getting it Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.

From William Randolph Hearst’s supposed promise to “furnish the war” with Spain and the alleged hysteria caused by Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast to news coverage of Hurricane Katrina, many often-repeated media tales crumble under closer scrutiny. Campbell points out how factors like anecdote-driven reporting, an inflated belief in the power of media, and an appealing story can fuel a media myth, and why it’s important to “get it right”.