Books: News and Myth

The Media at War by Susan L. Carruthers Published by Macmillan, 1999

The World Today Published 1 February 2000 Updated 27 October 2020 2 minute READ

Philip Seib

Lucius W. Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University, Milwaukee

Clad in flak jacket and tailored combat attire, crisply recounting the latest firefight or missile attack, the war correspondent plays one of journalism’s most romanticised roles. As individuals, the men and women who do this job often display great courage and skill. Collectively, however, the news media’s record is spotty. Hard news may be pushed aside by soft propaganda, and objectivity may give way to partisanship. The public, depending on the media’s judgements, can end up with a badly skewed picture of what is going on.

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