Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The business of Covering a War

Monday, March 27, 2006

The business of Covering a War

This business that they are talking about is one that is between that of the press and the military and the government. The Government and the military monitor and censor anything that they do not want the public to know. In this chapter in hotel Warriors they talk about how what they saw did not all make it to the news. THey compared being a journalist to being a sausage maker because they have to stuff all this information into a small segment and sometimes the stuff they want in there does not always get through. Being a journalist also required them to make sense of the war and to make sure that they made it ppolitically okay. The book mentioned that friendly fire does not play politically well so that did not get shown. This business is one of trust which is if you make the military and government look good than you will get more out of it and you will be allowed to see more and stay around. If you go against the government they could kick you out of the area and also the war zone and you will not be able to cover some of the stories.

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