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If No News, Send Rumors: Anecdotes of American Journalism Paperback – February, 1991

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Short anecdotes on journalism--some very well-known and some dredged out of who knows where--are grouped into 16 categories, such as war reporting, politics, and the press as a business. Included are five anecdotes on President Kennedy's secret sex life; some awful one-liners by famous people (such as the book's title); how national TV newscasters said goodnight at the end of their broadcast; and what sort of items 18th-century journalist John Peter Zenger actually printed. This is pure trivia for journalism buffs; there is no index to make the book useful as a reference tool. Big media collections might keep a copy of this sophomoric yet comprehensive book for study breaks.
-Abraham Z. Bass, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (P) (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805016104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805016109
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MikeInOhio on May 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Looking at the 1991 edition of this book, it is difficult to reconcile the Library Journal's review with the text. The book contains a nineteen-page index and over forty pages of notes on the chapters. There are twenty-four pages of black-and-white photos and drawings, from Thomas Nast, to the Yellow Kid, and on to Barbara Walters interviewing Richard Nixon.

The anecdotes themselves are often funny, sometimes shocking, and nearly always illuminating. The only other thing that I wish it had, would be an update for the last twenty years.
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I would have given this book five stars, but I found a glaring error. In a book about journalism, this is inexcusable. Specifically:

"...the CIA's costly minisub, the Glomar Explorer..."

"...had never heard of the secret submarine..."

Considering the book was published in 1989, Internet research wasn't possible, but it would have taken only a quick trip to a library to verify that the Glomar Explorer wasn't a submarine of any kind.

I've personally seen the Glomar Explorer, at the height of its classified activities, in fact, and can attest to the fact that it's a surface ship. With an error of this magnitude, one has to wonder how accurate any of the other anecdotes are.

Despite the error I found, the book IS an entertaining read. Just take it as a work of fiction and you'll be fine.
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