This title demonstrates the ways news articles draw from age-old tales that have chastened, challenged, entertained, and entranced people since the beginning of time. Through an exploration of actual New York Times articles, award-winning professor and former journalist Jack Lule reveals mythical themes in reporting on topics from terrorist hijackings to Huey Newton, from Mother Teresa to Mike Tyson. Beneath the facade of current events, Lule identifies such enduring archetypes as the innocent victim, the good mother, the hero, and the trickster. In doing so, he sheds light on how media coverage shapes our thinking about many of the confounding issues of our day, including foreign policy, terrorism, race relations, and political dissent.
Introduction: Front-Page Myths: The News Story. Part I: The Story of the News Story. Seven Master Myths in the News: Eternal Stories. The Mythological Role of Journalism: Stories for Society. Part II: Case Studies of News as Myth. The Victim: Leon Klinghoffer and News of Tragedy. The Scapegoat: The Killing of Huey Newton and Degrading Political Radicals. The Hero: Mark McGwire and "Godding Up" U.S. Celebrities. The Good Mother: Mother Teresa and the Human Interest Story. The Trickster: Race, the News, and the Rape of Mike Tyson. The Other World: Haiti and International News Values. The Flood: Hurricane Mitch and News of Disasters. Conclusion: News, Myth, and Society: Twelve Propositions.