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Killing McVeighThe Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure$
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Jody Lyneé Madeira

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.001.0001

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“God Bless the Media”

“God Bless the Media”

Negotiating News Coverage

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(p.95) 5 “God Bless the Media”
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Killing McVeigh
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Jody Lyneé Madeira

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.003.0005

This chapter focuses on media coverage of suspects in the Oklahoma City bombing, their motivations, their families, and their life histories. It suggests that Timothy McVeigh was counting on the media to cement the bombing's place in American memory and considers how media coverage became a source of crucial information to family members and survivors concerning the bombing site's status. It also shows how the media became an avenue for victims to air their opinions and a forum where they could advocate for change, along with media coverage of the other perpetrators, namely, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier. Finally, it examines the mass media's efficacy as a site of collective memory as well as the criticisms against the media for exaggerating, sensationalizing, or overreporting information.

Keywords:   media coverage, Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma City bombing, family members, survivor, victims, mass media, collective memory, Terry Nichols, Michael Fortier

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