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Reckless and irresponsible
on November 23, 2009
I posted the following review of McChesney's previous incarnation of this book, "Rich Media, Poor Democracy":
"This book contains a gross error of an incident about me that was widely, and accurately, covered by other media, most notably the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review. (See "Blasting the Boss in Boston", Stephen J. Simurda, Columbia Journalism Review, September 2000.) I contacted McChesney when I discovered it; he apologized and said he would correct it in any future editions of this book. There have, however, been no future editions and it would be good of him to uphold the journalistic responsibility about which he so passionately preaches by providing an insert to any copies sold. I have no knowledge that he has done so. Readers should therefore be forewarned of the scholarly deficiency of this work."
Well, guess what? The new book is copyrighted 2008 - at least six years after our conversation - and contains the same error. This is beyond unacceptable and renders worthless any criticism McChesney may have of the evils of mainstream media or whatever he is railing about. Ridiculous.