NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Making the Unbelievable Believable


Was it the ingenuity of a press secretary, aggressive tactics by the police or self-restraint among press photographers that spared newspaper readers and television viewers the sight of the dead bodies of San Francisco Mayor George R. Moscone and City Councilman Harvey Milk? No: the coroner got there first and sealed up the rooms. Readers could be grateful nonetheless, so soon after being subjected in vivid detail to the carnage in Guyana.

After the first wave of social scientists, explaining how such cults can mesmerize their followers, come social scientists examining the degree of morbidity in press and public interest. More...

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