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Media Myths turns Twelve

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I must admit I’d forgotten about this site a little since it deals more with historical media myths rather than current ones like the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

However, since they just turned twelve they’ve got a post on that so I’ve added the site to our “Reference” links on the right hand side of the page.

As far as their twelfth birthday is concerned the list of myths dismantled is impressive as they attack the central claim:

[We call] attention to the publication or posting of prominent but exaggerated tales about media prowess and the presumed power and influence of journalists.

Here are specific links to some of the more interesting ones that have been done over the years: in each case the spur for the analysis is that the myth is unthinkingly repeated by modern journalists and MSM sources:

No, Politico: Hearst did not cause the Spanish-American War.

LBJ’s ‘Vietnam epiphany’ wasn’t Cronkite’s show.

Blaming assassination on overheated commentary: No new tactic

NYTimes Mag and the heroic-journalist myth of Watergate.

I’m a little disappointed that they don’t seem to have any analysis of the way that the Kennedy assassination was spun by the MSM as being the result of the “Right-wing extremist atmosphere” in Texas rather than pushing the fact that it was committed by an American Communist so filled with belief in that system that he’d lived in the USSR before deciding that he liked the comforts of home. The main pimp of the “extremist” story of 1963 was none other than a young, regional TV reporter named Dan Rather.


Written by Tom Hunter

November 2, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Posted in History, MSM, USA

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  1. Can you explain how this can be?

    There are more than 500,000 people across the country who are yet to receive a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, according to Ministry of Health statistics.

    By ethnicity band, the majority are European/Other at 317,544 followed by 159,810 Māori, and 42,183 are Pasifika, as of October 31.

    The Asian community has surpassed the 100 per cent mark, tracking at 100.8 per cent of the population receiving their first vaccination according to the Covid-19 vaccination rate map.


    November 2, 2021 at 7:35 pm

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