Cautionary Tales – Poles Aside: How A Journalist Divided A Metropolis

Heroic explorer Frederick Cook dinner has simply returned from the very roof of the world, the primary man to achieve the North Pole. Or so he says. Journalist Philip Gibbs has been watching him, and he’s satisfied he’s mendacity.

When Gibbs publishes that perception, he stands alone. Cook dinner has a gripping method and a very good fame: his profitable story should be true. Diners boo Gibbs at a restaurant, newspapers publish sly-looking caricatures of him, and he even receives threats of violence. However then, all the things modifications.

We regularly consider polarisation as a contemporary downside — however the story of Cook dinner and Gibbs has a lot to show us right here.

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This episode is predicated, with permission, on The Explorer and the Journalist by Richard Evans. (US pre-order)


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