Friday, July 18, 2008

A Victory for the Tillerman

Sometimes, stories that seem plausible often are as accepted as fact – because they fit a logical storyline, not because they are substantiated. In their book, The Press Effect, Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman suggest several examples of how the media has framed stories to fit the expected storylines.

Perhaps that is why the World Entertainment News Network reported that Yusuf Islam, the singer known as Cat Stevens prior to his conversion to the Islamic faith, had refused to speak to - or even acknowledge - women who were not wearing veils during an awards ceremony. It turns out the allegations were false and Islam today was awarded a substantial undisclosed sum in libel damages by London’s High Court.


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