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This review is from: Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism (Paperback)
If I gave any credence to the press prior to reading this book, it's completely gone now. The Jessica Lynch and Katrina stories alone were enough to make me scream, and I have a degree in Journalism. Not too long after reading this book, I watched ESPN's 30:30 documentary on Michael Jordan playing minor league baseball. I distinctly remember, at the time he was doing that, all I read and heard was what a mistake for him to be doing this and what a failure he was at it. Turns out all of that was untrue. Jordan applied the very same work ethic to baseball that he had applied to basketball and was actually succeeding in minor league baseball at the age of 31. The most disturbing thing about the documentary came when a Sports Illustrated writer said his story, explaining how much Jordan had improved as a ball player and why he may have what it takes to actually play in the Big Leagues was killed by Sports Illustrated because the press overall, wanted Jordan back in basketball. And if you recall, the story we were handed when he came back to Basketball was that he missed the game and that he had finally given up his stupid dream to play baseball. Turns out that wasn't true either. He came back to basketball because of the baseball strike putting him in a position where he would have to cross a picket line and he was not willing to do that. This book is filled with well known, historical events I'd read about and came to believe as fact, when in fact they were either fabricated out of thin air or greatly embellished. It's a book worth reading.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2010 8:50:27 AM PDT
Really? Jordan batted .202 with 3 home runs in 497 at bats in Doube-A. He had quit basketball right after NBA Commissioner David Stern announced he was launching an investigation into Jordan's gambling. After Jordan quit, Sterrn announced the investigation was now moot, since Jordan wasn't in the league anymore. Funny how it stayed moot after Jordan returned.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2010 9:31:18 AM PDT
There are, no doubt, myths advanced by the press, but like Jimeo722, I wouldn't cite the Jordan baseball experiment as one of them. Nor would I cite ESPN as a credible, independent source to "resolve" a myth and provide us with the real story. They have a vested interest in the hero worship of Michael Jordan. Actually, treating Michael Jordan as a hero is one of the greatest myths of all. He was a great basketball player, period, end of story.
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