From the daily archives: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The PBS American Experience documentary on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds was a strong reminder of how easily fooled many Americans were in 1938 – and apparently also  by today’s entrenched  political fantasies on the hard right.  As  witnesses to the mass hysteria that struck the dupes of the broadcast of a Martian landing in New Jersey later noted:  “I couldn’t understand how anyone would fall for this.”   But folks, countless people did, in fact, even with scattered reports of suicides. Indeed, they did.

As a reporter for the Columbus Citizen-Journal during  the Cuban missile crises, I got […]

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