From NASA and the spellbound press. ('86)

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Author: William Boot
Date: November-December 2001
From: Columbia Journalism Review(Vol. 40, Issue 4)
Publisher: Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 514 words

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NASA was until January 28 generally seen by the press as an exemplary federal agency -- the one that put men on the moon without major cost overruns while the Pentagon was squandering billions. But in a scramble to scrutinize the space agency after the shuttle disaster, news organizations have shattered NASA's pristine image, uncovering evidence that the agency was long aware of problems with the O-rings; that it rejected Thiokol engineers' launch-eve scrub recommendation; that it downplayed O-ring problems for the sake of maintaining an unrealistically brisk launch schedule; and that it cut corners on safety in a number of other ways to lower costs while at the same time wasting billions of dollars through mismanagement.

Was the press remiss in not scenting the rot sooner and...

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Boot, William. "From NASA and the spellbound press. ('86)." Columbia Journalism Review, vol. 40, no. 4, 2001, p. 100+. Accessed 14 May 2021.

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