Covering captain cool: The "Miracle on the Hudson" as a hero tale

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This article examines coverage of the airline pilot who safely "ditched" his disabled aircraft in the Hudson River as a hero tale. The paper concludes that the "Sully" stories may be read, collectively, as a chronicle of how a hero behaved, a guide to how a hero should be behave and a case study of journalistic groupthink. News stories are both determined and determinative; that is, in reflecting the culture's mythos, they reinforce that mythos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-81
Number of pages23
JournalWestern Folklore
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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